Religious Studies 102. Christian Origins (4 units) Summer Session 2 T/W/R 2:10-3:50pm CRN 73752 227 Olson Taught by Wendy Terry This course is designed as an introduction to early Christian thought and practice for advanced undergraduates. It will focus on the intellectual and social issues that preoccupied Christian thinkers from approximately the year 100 to approximately the year 500, and will examine the ways in which early Christians thought about the content of the statement “I am a Christian.” These are the dominant questions behind the course: • • • What were different Christian identities, and how did people claim them? How did Christian communities develop rituals and beliefs (and vice versa)? How and why did Christian identities change over the first five centuries? These questions cannot be answered in a single quarter course. In order to begin to address them, this course takes just two major themes in early Christian thought - the idea of a social and ritual community, or church, and the idea of a set of fundamental identifying beliefs, or a creed—and introduces some of the diverse approaches that Christian writers took in thinking about them. GE Credits (Old): Arts & Humanities, Domestic Diversity, and Writing Experience GE Credits (New): Arts & Humanities, World Cultures, and Writing Experience Prerequisite: Religious Studies 040 This map details the approximate spread of Christianity through 500 AD, from its beginnings in what is now Israel to small swaths of North Africa to much of Asia Minor and modern day Europe.