|RLGN 171 Introducing Christianity|
SPRING SEMESTER 2017 | TUE/THU 10:00-11:15 AM | Classroom: TBA | Prof. Jonathan Tan | Office: 243G Tomlinson Hall | (216) 368-6446 | email@example.com
This course introduces students to the academic discipline of World Christianity, with a focus on diversity and plurality within the Christian tradition as a world religion. Students will explore the global perspectives of Christianity, in recognition of the fact that more than two-thirds of the world’s Christian population today are from the Majority or Two Thirds World, the so-called Global South. Students will also consider the challenges posed by, as well as the possibilities offered by the increasing diversity and plurality within the Christian tradition, as they examine the wider social, cultural, ethical, economic, and political dimensions of Christianity, and themes of community-making, identity formation and constructions, and social movements in regions beyond Europe and North America, through both historical and contemporary perspectives. Students will also investigate the impact and implications of missionary expansion, religious reception, colonialism and imperialism, globalization, transnational migration, postcolonialism, and multiple belonging on the transformation of Christianity from a Eurocentric religious tradition to a truly global world religion.
Required BooksThe following textbook is required for this course. As this book is not available at the campus bookstore, please order it through these Amazon links below or other online or brick-and-mortar sources. Do take advantage of the availability of cheap copies on Amazon - click on the "Other Sellers" tab or links to "used" copies):
Required Online Readings & Resources
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