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CHURCH HISTORY & HISTORY OF RELIGIONS

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

CH500

Survey of Church History

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the present day.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Cuthbert, Christian

TBD

TBD

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

Synchronous

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

WM601

World Mission of the Church

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Recognizing the responsibility of all Christians to complete Christ’s commission, this course gives an overview of the strategic and historical progress of worldwide missions today. The ways in which a local congregation can fulfill its worldwide biblical mandate are also considered.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Yao, Xiyi

See notes

Fri 6:30-9:30pm; Sat 8:30am-4:30pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

Synchronous

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

Sept. 13-14, Nov. 8-9, Dec. 13-14

School

Hartford International

HI-523-2

A Global History of Christianity: Defining Moments and People that Shaped a Faith

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This course will explore some of the most significant moments and persons in the history of Christianity. These moments produced shared understandings that have endured for centuries, while others fractured Christianity into divergent and often opposing forms. To investigate both the unity and diversity of Christianity, we will examine the diverse cultural settings where Christians planted themselves, and how Christians interacted with other religious traditions. We will also pay particular attention to the forms of Christianity that have been used to legitimate dominance and oppression, even as other forms have been used to resist and thrive under oppression. 

Professor

Class Day & Time

Grafton

R

5-7pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

Y

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

CHST 5011

Church History I/Ecum. Patriarchate

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This course offers a general introduction to the history of the Church up to the year 787. Emphasis will be laid on the main ecclesiastical and theological issues and personalities and on the study of certain key texts. Special attention will be given to the history and role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Professor

Class Day & Time

TO BE ANNOUNCED

TR

10:40 AM - 12 PM

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

PATR 5011 Z1

Patrology

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This introductory core-course serves as a general introduction to the Fathers and the main periods of Patristic Literature from post-apostolic times to the Council of Nicaea in the fourth century. The course combines an introduction to the central Fathers of this period, with attention not only to the doctrinal issues, but also the literary, historical, and cultural context of this period.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Dr. Tikhon Alexander Pino

ASYNC

ASYNC

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

Y

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMHC7026

History of Western Christianity I: 100-850

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Through lectures and primary source readings, the course surveys the major cultural, institutional, and theological developments of ancient Christianity from the time of the persecutions to the break-up of the Carolingian empire and the rise of medieval Christendom.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Michael McCarthy, S.J.
Stephen Molvarec, S.J.

TR

10:00-11:30

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMHC8130

Pilgrimage: History, Theology, and Actuality

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Pilgrimage is a phenomenon that has shaped Christianity from its inception to our days. The immense popularity of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, has generated numerous reflections in recent decades, as well as a flood of works, both popular and scholarly. Taking a large view, the course will explore the history and theology of the practice of pilgrimage, especially in its Christian dimension, but extend also to its actuality as a spiritual practice at the frontier of the institution (within and without), and linked to the narrative construction of the self. The scope of documents read will include historical documents, spiritual texts, Church documents, contemporary narratives and studies, as well as films.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Andr� Brouillette, S.J.

W

4:00-6:20

Grading Option

P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

one year of theological study

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5011-01

Revolutionaries, Diplomatic Theology, and Catholic Missionaries: Challenges in 20th Century China

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This is a survey course. Each of these three groups challenged the witness of Catholicism in China since 1900. Understand how American ambassadors, business and military interests responded to Chinese political and social change. Learn how they then enabled zealous and adventurous Catholic missionaries to balance their dual identity as American citizens as well representatives of the Pope in Rome to preach the Gospel and provide social relief as China quested stability amid decades of war. Discover how the Nationalists led by Chiang Kai-shek and the Communists inspired by Mao Zedong responded to and tested the resolve of these missionary foreigners. After 1949, the focusshifts to see how the U.S., the Holy See, and international Chinese Catholics have had to renegotiate their participation pertaining to religious freedom and human rights in China till the present day.No background on Chinese history is required. Theology, history, political science and international relation students are welcome.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Carbonneau

M

1-3:30p

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5426-01

From Nile to Niger: African Christian Fathers and Mothers of the Church

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This course counts as an elective towards the interdisciplinary Minor in Ancient Civilization. Introduction to the Fathers of the Church, with special emphasis on the period after the apostles to the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325). The lives, writings, and teachings of the Church Fathers will be studied through readings in English translation.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Schatkin

M

3-5:20p

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTH 803

History of Social Christianity

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Not Yet Available

Professor

Class Day & Time

Chris Evans

R

12:30-3:15pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTH 821

United Methodist History and Doctrine

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

An exploration of Methodist origins, the Wesleys, the rise of Methodism in England, and the distinctive doctrines of Wesleyan theology. There is a particular focus on the development of the various United Methodist traditions in America and their impact on society. The course is designed to meet one of the requirements for membership in a UMC Annual Conference.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Chris Evans

T

3:30-6:15pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

4

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTM 910

Seminar in Mission History and World Christianity

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

A seminar in the history of Christian missions, from the early church to the present. Issues of historiography, method, and the emergence of non-western church history. Required course for doctoral students in mission studies.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Dana Robert

F

8:00-10:45am

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

4

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

Doctoral

School

Harvard Divinity School

HDS 2327

Religion and Nationalism in the United States: A History

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Many Americans have imagined the United States as having a religious identity as a �city on a hill,� a �redeemer nation,� or �the new Israel.� We will ask several questions in this course: How and why have Americans conceived of the nation in sacred terms? How have religious images of the nation developed and changed over time? Does the United States have a �civil religion�? What is white Christian nationalism, and what are its historic roots? Readings will cover the period from the American Revolution to the present.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Brekus, Catherine

TR

10:30am-11:45am

Grading Option

Letter, P/F

Credits

4

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Harvard Divinity School

HDS 3142

Coming of Age: American Religious History through the Novel

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This course surveys American religious history, using a series of coming-of-age novels as its primary sources. It begins with Catharine Sedgewick's Unitarian take on Puritanism in Hope Leslie, and moves through Harriet Wilson's tale of an indentured Black girlhood in Our N--, Harold Frederic's narrative of a Methodist fall from grace in The Damnation of Theron Ware, James Baldwin's Pentecostal wrestle in Go Tell It on the Mountain, Rudolfo Anaya's borderland intertwining of Indigenous spirituality and Catholicism in Bless Me, Ultima, Chaim Potok's classic exploration of Jewish identity in The Chosen, and Ayad Akhtar's portrait of a midwestern Muslim boyhood in American Dervish. Students will situate these novels as artifacts of their time and place, consider their capacity to illustrate both historical phenomena and authorial perspective, and critically engage their artistic expression of religious experience. Jointly offered in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Religion 2468.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Holland

T

09:00am-010:59am

Grading Option

Letter, P/F

Credits

4

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

CH501

The Church to the Reformation

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

A general survey of the history of the Christian church from its founding at Pentecost to the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Isaac, Gordon

T

9am-12pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

Synchronous

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary-Hamilton

CH/SF/TH619

Reformation Era Spirituality

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This course will highlight the distinctive contributions of the Reformers over against the background of the dominating medieval spirituality to which it is an answer and the context of ongoing competing spiritualities of the time.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Isaac, Gordon

M

9am-12pm

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

Synchronous

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Hartford International

HI-523

A Global History of Christianity: Defining Moments and People that Shaped a Faith

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This course will explore some of the most significant moments and persons in the history of Christianity. These moments produced shared understandings that have endured for centuries, while others fractured Christianity into divergent and often opposing forms. To investigate both the unity and diversity of Christianity, we will examine the diverse cultural settings where Christians planted themselves, and how Christians interacted with other religious traditions. We will also pay particular attention to the forms of Christianity that have been used to legitimate dominance and oppression, even as other forms have been used to resist and thrive under oppression. 

Professor

Class Day & Time

Grafton

R

5-7pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

Y

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

PATR 5011

Patrology

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This introductory core-course serves as a general introduction to the Fathers and the main periods of Patristic Literature from post-apostolic times to the Council of Nicaea in the fourth century. The course combines an introduction to the central Fathers of this period, with attention not only to the doctrinal issues, but also the literary, historical, and cultural context of this period.

Professor

Class Day & Time

TO BE ANNOUNCED

M

6:40-9 PM

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

PATR 5020

Orthodox Christianity

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

A basic introduction to the history, theology, and spirituality of the Orthodox Church. Emphasis will be placed on the theology of the Ecumenical Councils, the writings of the Church Fathers, and classic works of Orthodox spirituality.

This course is limited to students in the Youth/Young Adult Ministry and Leadership Certificate program.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Rev. Dr. Philip Zymaris

F

1-2:10 PM

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

1.5

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMHC8067

The Book of Job in the Middle Ages

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Throughout the Middle Ages the Old Testament Book of Job attracted the attention, scholarly acumen, and artistic insight of a number of Christian clerics, exegetes, theologians, philosophers, historians, poets, and painters. This course surveys some of the most important medieval Christian engagements with and interpretations of Job, both in exegetical and theological works (e.g., the Moralia of Gregory the Great; the commentaries of Thomas Aquinas, Albertus Magnus, and Nicholas of Lyra; and commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard), on the one hand, and in vernacular and popular works (e.g., artistic depictions, Old English literature, the sermons of John Wycliffe and his followers), on the other.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Franklin T. Harkins

F

9:00-12:00

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

a course in history of Christianity

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMHC8145

Reforms and Reformations

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Church reformers often harken back to a real or imagined �pure� or �golden� period at various times in the history of the Christian community and attempt to reform and direct the life of the Church based on that image. This course will examine significant episodes of reform in the Church from the early medieval period (6-9th centuries) until the present day. Notably, it will treat extensively the Protestant and Catholic reform(ation)s of the 16th-century, as well as the reform of the mid-20th century, but also the Carolingian Reforms and the Gregorian Reform, among others.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Stephen Molvarec, S.J.

R

3:30-5:30

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

A previous church history or historical theology course is required.

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5015-01

Theologies of Love in the Middle Ages

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

TBD

Professor

Class Day & Time

Coolman

TR

1:30-2:45p

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7059-01

Reading Romans in the Early Church

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

St. Pauls Epistle to the Romans has been a central text in the history of Christian theology. This seminar will take a close look at a series of early Christian commentaries on Romans from Origen of Alexandria in the 3 rd century to Augustine of Hippo and Theodoret of Cyrrhus in the 5 th century. Key themes to be covered include: the relation of Jews and Gentiles, justification by faith, the law of nature and the Torah, the problem of sin and salvation, and the place of political authority. Additional commentators to be examined: Ambrosiaster, John Chrysostom, and Pelagius.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Hunter

M

4:30-6:50p

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTH 815

History of Mystical Theology and Modernity

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

The Bible was of such importance to medieval Europeans that scarcely any aspect of life remained untouched by its influence. Turning to primary source readings as well as modern scholarship, this course will consider the place of Sacred Scripture in medieval European religion and culture. Subjects to explore will include: varieties of Biblical exegesis; learned and lay interaction with the text; issues of control and dissent, including the emergence of vernacular (non-Latin) Bibles and vernacular theology in Latin Christendom; Christian, Jewish and Muslim debate; and Biblical motifs and imagery in literature, drama, art, and political thought.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Rady Roldan-Figueroa

M

2:30-5:15pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTM 815

Christian Mission

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Exploration of biblical, historical, theological, political, and cultural perspectives on the world mission of the church. This course is a requirement for United Methodist MDiv students pursuing ordination in the United Methodist Church.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Dana Robert

T

12:30-3:15pm

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTN 829

Enslavement and Early Christian Literature

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This course introduces historiographical questions, historical considerations, literary explorations, and theological consequences around the topic of enslavement in Early Christian Literature and its legacy in religious discourses. First, we will consider theoretical and methodological questions about enslavement (definitions, implications, and universality). Second, we will explore the historical, political, cultural, and social contexts of enslavement in the first century Roman Empire. Here we will focus on the material conditions (archaeological evidence) of the enslaved and the cultural understandings of their existence. Third, we survey New Testament Texts that either include characters that are enslaved or refer to the topic of enslavement as a key component in the narrative. Finally, we advance the theological implications of considering enslavement a central topic in early Christian formations.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Luis Men�ndez-Antu�a�

W

8:00-10:45am

Grading Option

Letter

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

Y

Notes

STHTN721 NT Intro or equivalent

School

Harvard Divinity School

HDS 2390A

Colloquium in American Religious History

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

Presentation and discussion of the research of doctoral candidates in American religious history. Available, with instructors permission, to Harvard doctoral students in other fields of religious studies or American studies. Note: First half of an academic year bi-weekly course. Credit will not be earned unless both the fall and spring semester of the course is completed. Course may be taken on a Sat/unsat basis only. This course is limited to doctoral students with interests in North American religions. Jointly offered in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Religion 3505A.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Brekus

T

06:00pm-07:59pm

Grading Option

P/F

Credits

4

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

DOCTORAL ONLY

School

Saint John's Seminary

CH501

Church History I

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This survey course aims to introduce students to the history of the Catholic Church from the first century through the fifteenth century. Through an examination of the historical narrative, including its key periods, movements, and figures, students will come to a deeper understanding of the history of the Catholic Church in the early and medieval periods.

Professor

Class Day & Time

Dr. Coughlin

MF

10:30-11:45 am (M), 9:00-10:15 am (F)

Grading Option

Letter, P/F, Audit

Credits

3

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Prerequisites?

N

Notes

N

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