HIS5210EN - Advanced History of Missions in Western Christianity

Course description

Analyzes the expansion of Christianity in the West from its inception to the contemporary period. The student also evaluates the spread of early Christianity in the western Mediterranean region, such as Italy, North Africa, Gaul, Britain, and other parts of the Roman Empire before its decline in the west in the fifth century, as well as the later development of Christianity, including the Protestant Reformation, and the missions in the Americas.

How this course benefits students

The student learns how we got here and how the missionary expansion of Christianity has shaped the entirety of Western culture and civilization.

Why this course is important

Students are either from the Western Christian tradition or have encountered that tradition in history or through missionary efforts. This course helps students from both backgrounds understand how missions in the West has shaped the church and all of Western culture.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Historical Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Stamenka Antonova, Professor of Early Christianity

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Explores how Biblical doctrine and practice developed in the Western context.

Missionally driven

Whether or not the student comes from the Western tradition this course prepares him or her to engage Western culture with the gospel.

Contextually informed

The Western tradition crosses a variety of cultures and contexts and has impacted cultures and contexts around the globe.

Interculturally focused

Western Chrstianity arose in various cultures and has been adopted, adapted, and shaped by many non-Western cultures.

Practically minded

The course leads the student to engage the positives and the negatives of the Western tradition in order to be more effective missionally and practically.

Experientially transformed

The course causes the student, especially from a Western background, to explore and evaluate assumptions, traditions, and biases.