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Course, academic year 2023/2024
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Religious Studies - History - RETA8042
Title: RPV2-Religious Studies - History
Guaranteed by: Department of Religious Studies (27-R)
Faculty: Protestant Theological Faculty
Actual: from 2023
Semester: both
Points: 2
E-Credits: 2
Examination process:
Hours per week, examination: 2/0, C [HT]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / 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
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: prof. Pavel Hošek, Ph.D.
Religious Studies - History: History of Christianity as a World Religion

This course will explore the historical development of Christianity beyond a Eurocentric and denominationally-focused perspective. In other words, it will introduce Christianity as a world religion. Methodologically, it will proceed both diachronically and synchronically, following multiple trajectories and examining various aspects. Furthermore, various approaches to studying “World Christianity” will be considered.
The course is designed as a seminar centered around close reading of selected texts.
The aim of the course is to understand how Christianity has become a multidimensional, polyform and polycentric phenomenon, truly a world religion.
Last update: Bargár Pavol, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (28.01.2024)

Kim, Sebastian, and Kirsteen Kim. Christianity as a World Religion: An Introduction, 2nd edition. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

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.


Bevans, Stephen B., and Roger P. Schroeder. Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004.

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

Irvin, Dale, and Scott W. Sunquist. History of the World Christian Movement. Volume II: Modern Christianity from 1454 – 1800. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.

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

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


Last update: Bargár Pavol, doc. Mgr., Ph.D. (28.01.2024)
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