Contemporary World Christianity (HI-532)

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Over the last century, Christianity has undergone great change. There has been a recognition that the geography of Christianity has shifted. Christian practice plummeted in Europe, but has grown rapidly in Asia, Latin America, Oceania, and sub-Saharan Africa. Christians have emigrated from the Middle East, the ancestral home of the faith, at dramatic rates. Christians are found nearly everywhere on earth, saying their prayers in myriad languages, and practicing their faith in vastly varied cultures. In this course we will encounter Christians in their global diversity, seeing their faces, hearing their voices, and exploring the ways in which they practice their faith. We will gain perspective on the recent history and current state of the exciting field of World Christianity. We will inquire as to who gets to define what is truly orthodox Christianity. This course is suitable as an appropriate starting point for those beginning their study of Christianity, but it also provides students with more background in Christianity a global perspective on the faith.

Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies : Foundations of the Christian Faith

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