Christianity & World Cultures: A History of Contextualization

July 1, 2024 - July 5, 2024
Jul 1–Jul 5, 2024: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 1:30PM–4:30PM Vancouver Time
Offered by Regent College
Credit Hours 1–2 Audit Hours 1 Credit Tuition (onsite / online) $520 / $540 per credit hour Audit Tuition (onsite / online) $385 / $405 per credit hour

Taking each of the five continents in turn, this course looks at the significant missional achievements of their Christian pioneers (both cross-cultural missionaries and local communities of believers) to embody Christian faith and practice in their cultural contexts. The course focuses on each continent’s unique cultural embodiments (such as texts, liturgies, visual arts, architecture, institutions, and social practices) that exemplified fruitful cross-cultural transmission of the gospel within their respective cultures. It examines the major church councils, synods, ‘rites’ controversies, which debated the possibilities and boundaries of those cultural expressions. The course will also consider how these missional breakthroughs impacted the subsequent generations of those local church communities and the wider non-Christian societies among whom they lived.