MI310 History of Christian Missions

Religion and Philosophy    credits: 3


This course will focus on the spread of Christianity, from its earliest presentation to the first century Jews and Gentiles, through its expansion to Europe, Africa and Asia, to its presence in North and South America and Oceania. Pivotal people and events will be considered, as will missionary methods. The two organizing perspectives of this course will be historical (chronological events and the people who live through them) and theological (the doctrinal understandings that develop as the church responds to Christ’s question, “But who do you say that I am?” [Mt. 16:15]). Prerequisite: MI110 or permission of instructor. Offered alternate years.