Subject Code THL330

Subject Name Global Christianity Since 1700

Duration One semester

Availability Semester 2, every odd year

Level Advanced

Subject Units 8

Core/Elective Elective

Delivery Mode Face to face at St Francis College – the Brisbane Campus for CSU
School of Theology and Canberra Internal

Student Workload

Contact hours                                       3-4 hours per week                                                                            Reading, study and preparation      3-4 hours per week                                                                       Assignment preparation                 3-4 hours per week                                                                                 TOTAL:    160 hours in the semester
or equivalent if delivered intensively

Prerequisites Assumed knowledge THL131 and THL132

Incompatible Subjects Nil



This subject provides a comprehensive view of the global Christian movement over time. It explores the expansion and development of Christianity as a world religion between 1700 and today, concurrently with European colonisation and the emergence of the modern missionary movement. The subject examines themes in world Christianity from historical, theological and sociological perspectives. These themes include: the inculturation of Christianity, dialogue with other faiths, the impact of poverty and demands for social justice, hermeneutical diversity, and the rise of fundamentalism and Pentecostal movements. These themes are discussed with reference to non-western contexts, in comparison with Anglo-American and European trends.

Prescribed Texts

To be advised by the CSU Subject Outline for the appropriate semester


This subject will cover the following topics:

• an introduction to the historiography of contemporary world Christianity

• contemporary issues in the sociology and history of religion

• Christian missions and their relationship with race and empire

• the impact upon Western Christianity of the Enlightenment, science, industrialisation and

• the ecumenical movement

• the inculturation of Christianity, with special reference to African, Asian or Pacific Christianity

• poverty, social justice and political struggle in the non-Western world

• theology and history, with special reference to liberationist, feminist, post-colonial, and
ecumenical theologians

• Christianity and nationalism

• Christianity and other faiths

• Christian fundamentalism

• the rise of Pentecostalism

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

• be able to demonstrate an understanding of the context of Christianity's global expansion after

• be able to demonstrate an understanding of major themes in the global expansion of Christianity

• be able to discuss and evaluate critically how contemporary Christianity has become a largely
non-Western faith

• be able to develop a basic taxonomy of world Christianities

• be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding the inculturation of
the Christian faith

• be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of religion in the development of national

• be able to demonstrate critical engagement with historical claims made about the religious past

• be able to exhibit advanced shills in historical enquiry

• be able to demonstrate self guided and collaborative learning

Assessment Tasks

To be advised by the CSU Subject Outline for the appropriate semester