Religion and the Making of Identity in Early Christianity


Course Objective

The student
* has insight into the distinctive character of early chistianity
* knows how to interpret sources
* has learned to conceive christianity as a dynamic multicultural
* has insight into the cultural dynamics at the beginning of our era

Course Content

Christian identity, what does it mean in the early times of the
christian era? Can it be clearly defined, in the way orthodoxy suggests,
or is it a concept that has lost its relevance in modern historiography?
The question is a very relevant one: identity is a notion that actually
has become a concept that has to be handled with care and thee samen
goes for christianity. Not only in historiography, but also in
psychology, sociology and politics. It touches on gender, on belief, on
community and so on. Therefore, this course is meant to understand first
of all how christianity shaped itself in these different fields, but
also how it was shaped by other forces than its own narrative could
possibly accept.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Paper of 3500-4000 words

Target Audience

Especially for students of the Research Master; elective for all other
Master's students.

Recommended background knowledge

Some knowledge of early christianity, some knowledge of Antiquity.
Peferably some knowledge of German and French; if possible also of Latin

General Information

Course Code G_RMRM06
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. M.A. Smalbrugge
Examiner prof. dr. M.A. Smalbrugge
Teaching Staff prof. dr. M.A. Smalbrugge

Practical Information

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