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TEOL1410: Introduction to the History of Christianity

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Person responsible for the course:John Wayne Kaufman (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Spring
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Take-home examination – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2020-08-20 20. Aug 20202020-08-02 2. Aug 2020
Hand-out date:17. Aug 2020
Time for hand-out:09:00
Submission date:20. Aug 2020
Submission deadline:09:00
Duration:3 dayER
Release date for results:10. Sep 2020

General information

The Christian church was born in the Middle East but quickly spread in all directions, both to Europe, Africa and Asia. The course Introduction to the History of Christianity will introduce students to the growth and diversification of Christianity through the centuries, giving an overview over the history of Christianity from antiquity until the 17th century.

Overlapping courses

TEOL1410 overlaps partly with K1020 Bible studies and the history of Christianity. Students who have already completed K1010 will receive 5 credit points (ECTS) for TEOL1410 on their transcript of records or diploma.

Course requirements

  • Submit on Canvas and receive approval for one essay (900-1200). The essay must include correctly formatted references and a bibliography. See the syllabus for details on the topic of the essay and the due date.
  • Pass an in-class on central dates and topics in the history of Christianity.
  • Take part in a minimum of 60% of the lectures
  • Participate in the evaluation of the curriculum and/or of the learning environment, if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November). 

Final assessment

For the spring semester 2020 the final assessment in the course will be based on the following assessment form
The final assessment for TEOL1410 is based on one home exam (3 days). The course and final exam will be graded A-F.
This assessment form vil also be used on new and deferred exams.
For other semesters than the spring semester of 2020, the following assessment form will be used:
The final assessment for TEOL1410 is based on one written exam (4 hours). The course and final exam will be graded A-F.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • knowledge of the development of Christianity in Europe in antiquity, the middle ages and the early modern period
  • knowledge of the spread of Christianity to Asia and Africa from antiquity until the 17th century
  • knowledge of the main lines of development in the organization of the church and the church's relationship with secular authorities in these periods
  • knowledge of the main lines of development in Christian theology, sacraments, piety and monastic life in these periods
  • knowledge of the main lines of development in Christian art and architecture in these periods
The student can:
  • present and discuss historical developments
  • write an academic paper using relevant sources which are referred to in a correct manner


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:
Log in to Oria, or use "External access" in the library's list of databases.

  • Blainey, G. (2002). A short history of the world (p. 68-322). Chicago, Ill.: Dee. Library
  • Jenkins, P. (2008). The lost history of Christianity: The thousand-year golden age of the church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia - and how it died. New York: HarperOne. Library
  • Shelley, B. L. (2013). Church history in plain language (p. 3-410). Nashville, Tenn.: Thomas Nelson. Library

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