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Introduction to Christian History
Zondervan Academic

Introduction to Christian History

This course provides an essential overview of Christian history. This highly informative, broad-ranging study provides vital facts on the growth and impact of Christianity from the apostles to the present day not only in the Western world but also globally.

At a Glance

  • Introduction to the main threads and issues running through each century of Christian history
  • Explanations of key historical developments
  • Thematic connections between centuries
  • Focused looks at key persons, ideas, and events
  • Access to all course material—video lectures, readings, key concept reviews, and quizzes
  • Access to the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

The Introduction to Christian History course provides an essential overview. This highly informative, broad-ranging study, taught by scholar and author Stephen Backhouse, provides vital facts on the growth and impact of Christianity from the apostles to the present day not only in the Western world but also globally, including the development of Eastern Orthodox and Armenian Christianity, as well as Christianity in Latin America, Southeast Asia, the Baltic and Slavic states, and India. The course is organized by century, going through the major events, ideas, and personalities that have shaped Christian history around the world.

Course Outline

  1.     Servants and Leaders: 1–100
  2.     Love and Courage: 100–200
  3.     Martyrs and Heretics: 200–300
  4.     Establishment and Resistance: 300–400
  5.     East and West: 400–500
  6.     Centres and Margins: 500–600
  7.     Soldiers and Missionaries: 600–700
  8.     Monks and Emperors: 700–800
  9.     Conversion and Culture: 800–900
  10.     Green Shoots, Dead Branches: 900–1000
  11.     Popes, Kings, and Peasants: 1000–1100
  12.     War and Peace: 1100–1200
  13.     Empire and Wilderness: 1200–1300
  14.     Humility and Power: 1300–1400
  15.     Church and State: 1400–1500
  16.     Expansion and Consolidation: 1500–1600
  17.     Reform and Revival: 1600–1700
  18.     Reason and Revolution: 1700–1800
  19.     Progress and Preservation: 1800–1900
  20.     Sacrifice and Invention: 1900–2000    

About the Technology

Author & Instructor

Stephen Backhouse
Dr. Stephen Backhouse

D.Phil., Oxford

Stephen Backhouse is the Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at Mellitus College, London. He studied at the University of Oxford and McGill University. He has published a number of critically well-received books and articles on religion, history, and Kierkegaard, from the popular Kierkegaard: A Single Life published by Zondervan, to the academic Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian Nationalism for Oxford University Press.