A History of Christianity in Eleven Short Chapters with Dr Mark Vernon

Dr Mark Vernon

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For good and ill, Christianity has profoundly shaped western civilisation, our lives, and even the workings of our minds. You don’t have to believe for that to be so. Even in post-Christian times, the preaching of Jesus and Paul, the struggles of Augustine and Luther, the convictions of Lydia and Newton are in the air we breathe.

So what exactly is Christianity? Who were its key architects? How did it achieve its massive impact? Post-Christian times are very good times to assess this great tradition, and the enigmatic figure of Jesus at its heart, as you are invited to do in A History of Christianity in Eleven Short Chapters.

The course includes eleven video lessons, lasting around 15 minutes each, handy pdf notes with further reading material and access to the community forum, where you can pose questions to Dr Vernon.

Course Outline:

Chapter 1: A New Awakening – Paul and the birth of a Jewish sect

Chapter 2: The God-Fearer – Lydia, the first Christian in Europe

Chapter 3: A City In the Desert – Evagrius and a map of inner life

Chapter 4: An Age of Tumult – Augustine and the art of confession

Chapter 5: Enemy At the Gates – Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle and Islam

Chapter 6: A Golden Age – Marsilio Ficino and Renaissance recovery

Chapter 7: Protesting Corruption – Martin Luther and runaway reform

Chapter 8: The Last of the Magicians – Isaac Newton and Christianity’s science-child

Chapter 9: The Power of Humiliation – The Christian origins of fundamentalism

Chapter 10: Charity and Positive Thinking – Oprah and mass Christianity today

Chapter 11: The Man at the Centre – Who was Jesus?


About the Tutor

Dr Mark Vernon

Dr Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist in private practice in London as well as a writer, broadcaster and teacher. He began his professional life as a priest in the Church of England. He has a PhD in philosophy, and degrees in theology and physics. His most recent books are – Love: All That Matters (Hodder) and Jung: How To Believe (Guardian Shorts) – and he has written books on friendship, belief and the good life. Mark writes regularly for publications in the UK, including Third Way and The Tablet. He also broadcasts on the BBC. He is a keen blogger at www.markvernon.com


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£60

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Eleven video lessons, lasting about 15 minutes each, plus a sheaf of handy pdf notes and access to the course forum, where you can pose questions to Dr Vernon

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Liz
14/01/2017

History of Christianity in 11 short chapters.
This is a brilliant course - illuminating, enlightening and also, entertaining. Mark Vernon somehow manages to condense the incredible complexity of Christianity over the centuries into digestible chunks through introducing us to many of its key interpreters and apologists, such as Augustine, St Paul, Ficino, Martin Luther and - bringing us right up to date - Oprah Winfrey. Mark also explains just why Christianity became such an important religion, and why it still has meaning today. Accessible and completely non-preachy, this course is highly recommended for anybody who is even remotely interested in religion and spirituality.

Reviews

Liz
14/01/2017

History of Christianity in 11 short chapters.
This is a brilliant course - illuminating, enlightening and also, entertaining. Mark Vernon somehow manages to condense the incredible complexity of Christianity over the centuries into digestible chunks through introducing us to many of its key interpreters and apologists, such as Augustine, St Paul, Ficino, Martin Luther and - bringing us right up to date - Oprah Winfrey. Mark also explains just why Christianity became such an important religion, and why it still has meaning today. Accessible and completely non-preachy, this course is highly recommended for anybody who is even remotely interested in religion and spirituality.