History of Christianity
Cod: 31055
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

Christianity, emerged in Judea with the preaching of the Jewish prophet Jesus of Nazareth, penetrated the Roman Empire and delivered its message to barbarian Europe. In the following centuries (I-XV centuries), however facing external persecutions and internal struggles of different kinds, it consolidated and expanded. In modern times (XVI-XVIII centuries) its contours become even more defined and stressed. In contemporary centuries (XIX-XXI) the efforts to unite all Christians and the expectations raised by the recent establishment of inter-religious dialogue are, among others, aspects that also mark the history of Christianity and for that they deserve to be analysed.

Christianity Cristianization

• Analysing Christianity's historical evolution
• Recognising Christianity's role in Western History
• Mastering specific concepts and terminology necessary for understanding the course unit contents and themes
• Establishing relations among the contents studied

1. The beginning of the History of Christianity
2. The Middle Ages: consolidation, expansion, contestation
3. Modern Times: learning to be plural
4. Contemporary World: a moment of adaptation

BORGES, Anselmo; MONTEIRO, João Gouveia coord. - As três religiões do livro. Coimbra: IUC, 2012.
CORBIN, Alain dir. - História do Cristianismo. Lisboa: Editorial Presença, 2008.
CORTÉS PEŇA, António Luís coord. – Historia del cristianismo. III. El mundo moderno. Madrid: Editorial Trotta, 2006.
DELUMEAU, Jean dir. - As Grandes Religiões do Mundo. Lisboa: Editorial Presença, 1997.
DUMORTIER, Brigitte – Atlas de las religiones. Creencias, práticas y territórios. Ed. espanhola Barcelona: Icaria Editorial, 2003.
JOHNSON, Paul - História do Cristianismo. Rio de Janeiro: Editorial Imago, 2001.
KÜNG, Hans – O Cristianismo. Essência e História. Braga: Círculo de Leitores, 2002.
LINDBERG, Carter - História do Cristianismo. Lisboa: Editorial Teorema, 2007.
PIKAZA IBARRONDO, Xabier; AYA, Abdelmumim coord. – Diccionario de las tres religiones (judaísmo, cristianismo, islam). Navarra: Verbo Divino, 2009.
VEYNE, Paul - Quando o nosso mundo se tornou cristão. Lisboa: Edições Texto & Grafia, 2009.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.