For nearly 2,000 years, the Christian faith has remained at or near the center of Western moral debate and conceptions of human identity, just action, and ultimate meaning. How did this happen? Find out in these 36 illuminating lectures that tell the phenomenal story of Christianity's first 1,500 years, in all its remarkable diversity and complex dimension. In the company of Professor Johnson, you'll follow the dramatic trajectory of Christianity from its beginnings as a "cult of Jesus" to its rise as a fervent religious movement; from its emergence as an unstoppable force within the Roman Empire to its critical role as an imperial religion; from its remarkable growth, amid divisive disputes, to the ultimate schism between Eastern Orthodoxy and Western Catholicism; and from its spread throughout the Western world to its flowering as a culture that shaped Europe for 800 years. Along the way, you'll correct misconceptions about Christianity's past; gain insight into the relation of faith to politics, economics, and culture; grasp how Christian institutions and liturgy originated and developed; better comprehend the cultural present, where a majority of Americans hold Christian beliefs; and deepen your appreciation of the majestic sweep of history that Christianity's rise represents. These lectures bring to life a truly epic story, giving you a multilayered knowledge of Christianity's origins, rise, and civilization-shaping presence in our world.
|Manufacturer:||The Great Courses|
|Publisher:||The Great Courses|
|Studio:||The Great Courses|
|Package Weight:||1.14 pounds|
|Package Size:||5.31 x 1.18 x 1.18 inches|