Distance Learning Programmes in Humanities

Christian Studies

Suggested Online Programmes Christian Studies

Short Course Options in Religion

Harvard Summer School offers several open-enrollment courses, specialized in Religion, such as "World Religions", "Religion, the Arts, and Social Change" and "From Saint Peter to Pope Francis: The Papacy in the History of Christianity".

Short Course How the Crusades Changed History

Hundreds of years have passed since the last crusader knight laid down his sword, but the centuries of medieval warfare we collectively call the Crusades continue to hold powerful sway over our modern world and the tense conflicts between religions and entire civilizations.

Short Course Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Mystical experiences and practices-including dramatic visions, direct communication with the divine, intense spiritual quests, and hermetic lifestyles-are commonly associated with Eastern cultures. They are thought to be far removed from the monotheistic traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Short Course History of Christianity in the Reformation Era

We are the cultural descendants of the Reformation era, says Professor Brad S. Gregory in these 36 lectures on one of the most tumultuous and consequential periods in all of European history. Regardless of whether we ourselves are religious, says Professor Gregory, our modern preference for belief bolstered by doctrine is "a long-term legacy of the efforts to educate, to catechize, to indoctrinate, that began in a widespread way during the 16th century."

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Christian studies conveys knowledge and methods in understanding the intellectual, historical, and social contexts of the development of Christianity and Christian thought. Christian study degrees may focus on such topics as the early stages of Christian thought, its influence on western culture, reformation philosophy and movements, as well as contemporary reflections and impact on modern society. Courses also explain the connections between the scripture and Christian traditions and the way they reflect in the Christian religions. Bachelors and Masters in Christian studies combine elements and concepts from other disciplines like philosophy, history, sociology and social work.

Students will attend courses that touch upon topics such as: principles of theology, religion and philosophy in human experience, God in the context of social justice, theories of truth, biblical foundations, survey methods of Christian education, and more.

Christian studies will equip students with a broad range of skills such as abilities to comprehend, analyse, interpret and integrate primary and secondary sources of biblical, theological, historical, and ethical thought. This discipline will also train students to provide complete social and spiritual assistance and to be able to understand the spiritual needs and sensitivities of the beneficiaries needing social services.

Graduates have the option to pursue careers as clergy members, ministry directors, Christian missionaries, ministers of education, youth and children's workers.

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