Discipline: Religion Christianity
Instructor: Mlecko
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 0920
End: 1035
Field Work: Day 1 - Lisbon - Saturday, 21 June | Portugal Download Syllabus

The academic study of Christianity is an important tool for understanding people around the world, their institutions, their values, and their views on living life.  The positive and negative effects of Christianity have had a significant impact on politics, education, science, the arts, and on individual lives.  This has been especially true for Europe and the countries visited on our voyage.   In fact, these countries represent the three major traditions of Christianity:   Catholicism (Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Spain), Protestantism (Finland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom), and Orthodoxy (Russia).  With over 2.2 billion adherents—the largest of religions—Christianity is full of diversity, having separated into over 38,000 denominations.  The goal of this course is to explore major themes running through this vastness of Christianity:  the Jewish roots of Christianity, Jesus, the Bible, modern critics of Christianity, and the development and spread of Christianity, particularly in the areas of our voyage.

Field Work

Country: Portugal
Day: 1 - Lisbon - Saturday, 21 June

Fatima, near Lisbon, Portugal, is the village where it is reputed Mary, the mother of Jesus, appeared to three shepherd children in 1917.  Today some four million people visit the site annually.  This Lab is an opportunity to examine “popular” Christianity and miracles, the cross-cultural phenomenon of pilgrimage, and the role of the female and of the child in Christianity. Academic Objectives: 1.  To link classroom and fieldwork activities. 2.  To examine popular religion as distinguished from institutional religion.