Christianity and Modernity, 1600-2000

Please note: this is archived course information from 2023 for THEOREL 207.


This course provides students with an overview of the history of Christianity between c.1600 and 2000 - a period usually associated with the rise of "modernity."

Throughout this period western European Christianity faced a series challenges to its previous position of cultural dominance. These included religious wars in Europe, intellectual developments in philosophy and historical studies, political and economic revolutions and exposure to other world cultures and religions.

At the same time western European Christianity - in both its Catholic and Protestant forms - expanded globally at an unprecented rate and experienced periods of major revival in its heartlands.  

The course covers the expansion of western Christianity into the Americas, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific from the late Fifteenth Century. It also looks at the reshaping of Catholic and Protestant cultures in the era of "confessionalisation" that followed the Reformations of the Sixteenth Century. It considers how the Enlightenment affected Christian theology as well as the origins of Christian anti-Modernist thought in the late Nineteenth Century. The course also looks at the lasting effects of Anglo-American Evangelicalism and the emergence of Pentecostalism in the Twentieth Century.  

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for THEOREL 207.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2023

Not taught in 2023



Recommended Reading

Diarmaid MacCulloch. Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years. Harmondsorth: Penguin, 2011 (or any other imprint)


THEOREL 207: 15 points


30 points at Stage I


CTHTHEO 255, 355, THEOLOGY 255, 355, THEOREL 307