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James M. Houston


James Houston explores Christian identity as it has been shaped throughout history into the 20th century.

At a Glance

  • Access to lecture videos and by Dr. James Houston
  • Lecture transcripts are provided
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


7-10 hours

More Details

In this unprecedented culture that we live in today of fluidity, our identity has also become fluid. And this is clear in all the controversies about sexuality, gender and, with globalisation, ethnic identities as well.

This course explores Christian identity as it has been shaped throughout history into the 20th century. Organized in a 16 lesson format, the course provides video lectures and lecture transcripts for each lesson.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction—Culture and Identity
  2. Identity of Israel—Family Narrative
  3. Identity of Abraham—Man of Faith
  4. Identity of Ruth—The "True Israelite"
  5. Prophetic Identity of Jeremiah
  6. Portraits of Jesus in Matthew and Mark
  7. Portraits of Jesus in Luke and John
  8. The Apostle Paul's Pastoral Contextual Identities
  9. Shaping Christian Identity in 2nd Century AD
  10. Augustine—Challenge of Being a Christian in Christendom
  11. Christian Women—Virgin Identity in Late Antiquity
  12. Influential Women in Late Antiquity
  13. Bernard of Clairvaux—Lover of God and Lover of Jesus
  14. Teresa of Avila—Spiritual Formation and Christian Identity
  15. John Calvin—The Reformation and Christian Identity
  16. Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Identity—Expressed and Realized in Prayer


What do I need to take this course?
You will need an Internet connection and a Bible.

Who is this course for?
This course is for those who like to better understand Christian identity in historical context.


James M.  Houston
Dr. James M. Houston

James Houston (now retired) is one of the “founding fathers” of Regent College. He was appointed Principal in 1970 a post he held until 1978, at which time he was appointed Chancellor (1978-1980) and Professor of Spiritual Theology. He also taught part-time at the University of British Columbia. His chair of Spiritual Theology was endowed in 1991. He is co-founder of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, DC, and still acting as a Senior Fellow. Dr. James Houston is a prolific author, editor, and Christian scholar.