History of Orthodox Christianity


Course Objective

By the end of the module, the student will be able to:
• explain the place of Scripture within Orthodox Christianity
• interpret the Scriptures within the tradition of Orthodox Christianity
• relate what they have learnt to developments in Western Scriptural

Course Content

To introduce to student to the rich history of Orthodox Christianity, in
all its ethnic, geographical, and spiritual diversity, so that the
student will be able read critically episodes in this history and relate
lessons from the past, with discernment, to the present.

Teaching Methods

This module will be taught in a blended format of on-line instruction
and interaction together with an intensive day at VU.

Method of Assessment

On-line assignments (60%), presentation (15%) research paper (25%).


• Dale Irvin and Scott Sunquist, History of the World Christian
Movement: Earliest Christianity to 1453 (New York: Orbis, 2001)
• John W. Coakley and Andrea Sterk, Readings in World Christian History
(New York: Orbis Books, 2004)

Target Audience

The total programme is intended for two groups: bachelor students of any
Dutch university and candidates who have a bachelor degree (HBO or
university) and intend to continue with the Orthodox variant of the
master Spiritual Care. Please register through www.acot.nl.

Additional Information

This course is an integral part of the minor/pre-master Orthodox

Custom Course Registration

This course is an integral part of the minor/pre-master Orthodox Christianity. Before enrolling in the minor/pre-master programme you need to register through www.acot.nl

Recommended background knowledge

At ease with speaking and writing in English. Basic knowledge of the

General Information

Course Code G_OCIH
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator dr. H.P.S. Bakker BA
Examiner dr. J. Lena
Teaching Staff dr. H.P.S. Bakker BA
dr. J. Lena

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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