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The Changing Face of Christianity: From Eurocentric to Third World Faith (55+)

Over the past 100 years, the centre of gravity of Christianity has moved. Most Christians now live south of the equator. There are more Anglicans in Uganda than in Britain, United States and Canada combined. Why has Christianity apparently declined in North America, Europe and Australia, and why has it simultaneously grown in Latin America, Asia and Africa? What effects has this change had—among Christian communities worldwide, and within international organizations such as the World Council of Churches and the Catholic College of Cardinals?

We will examine the causes and significance of the historic shift away from a Eurocentric Christianity, and consider how the new Third World Christian faith will change the landscape socially, politically and economically.

Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.

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What will I learn?

Week 1:

Towards the Global South: a new centre of gravity within Christianity.

Week 2:

Christianity’s past as a Eurocentric religion and historic changes into other continents.

Week 3:

The decline of Christianity in the West and the causes behind the shift away from the church’s influence.

Week 4:

Growth of Christianity in Latin America, Africa and Asia and reasons behind this phenomenon.

Week 5:

Tensions that the shift to the South will produce within the worldwide Christian community and within our local church communities.

Week 6:

The faith of the future: a “Third World faith” that will change the landscape socially, politically and economically.

How will I learn?

  • Lectures
  • Discussion (may vary from class to class)
  • Papers (applicable only to certificate students)

How will I be evaluated?

For certificate students only:

Your instructor will evaluate you based on an essay, which you will complete at the end of the course. You will receive a grade of “satisfactory” or “unsatisfactory.”

Textbooks and learning materials

Reading material (if applicable) will be available in class. Some course materials may be available online.

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