Religious Studies 1 - RETA8031
Title: RP-Religious Studies 1
Guaranteed by: Department of Religious Studies (27-R)
Faculty: Protestant Theological Faculty
Actual: from 2022
Semester: summer
Points: 2
E-Credits: 2
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/0, C [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
Key competences:  
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. Mgr. Pavol Bargár, Ph.D.
SS schedule   
Introduction to World Christianity

This course will offer an introduction to the academic study of World Christianity. The latter term has recently been used to account for the diversity and multiplicity of Christianity across time and space. In addition, this notion places Christianity alongside other world religions. This reflects a 20th-century “global shift” in Christianity from a largely North Atlantic religion to one that is found all around the world. In short, World Christianity is a concept that seeks to describe the global nature of the Christian religion.
The course will explore topics such as contextual theologizing, inculturation, independence and ecumenism, diaspora, decolonization, and mission. It will aim at providing a basic orientation and insight into this diverse phenomenon.
Last update: Bargár Pavol, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (29.11.2022)

Stanley, Brian. Christianity in the Twentieth Century: A World History. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018.

Cabrita, Joel, David Maxwell, and Emma Wild-Wood, eds. Relocating World Christianity: Interdisciplinary Studies in Universal and Local Expressions of the Christian Faith. Boston: Brill, 2017.

Chow, Alexander, and Emma Wild-Wood, eds. Ecumenism and Independency in World Christianity: Historical Studies in Honour of Brian Stanley. Boston: Brill, 2020.

Sunquist, Scott W. The Unexpected Christian Century: The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900–2000. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015.

Kim, Kirsteen, Knud Jørgensen, and Alison Fitchett-Climenhaga, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Mission Studies. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022.

Last update: Bargár Pavol, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (07.02.2023)
Course completion requirements

Requirements for passing the course:

·       active participation at class (incl. assigned readings)

·       oral presentation on a session theme of student’s choice

·       identifying media coverage on the theme of religion (1 text per a week)

·       final essay (ca. 1,000 – 1,500 words)

Last update: Bargár Pavol, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (07.02.2023)