Christianity - Day #5

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Trends Within Modern Christianity: This is by no means a complete listing. Notice that we are largely avoiding denominational differences here.

DISCLAIMER: I suppose this probably isn't necessary, but I want to make it clear that these links are here to provide a variety of perspectives, and none of them carry any sort of endorsement by me or the class or the school or whatever... Consider them "primary" sources, and interpret them as you see fit.


Ecumenism: Ecumenical movements within Christianity strive to recognize the diversity among Christian groups and work toward reconciliation. (In its most idealistic format, an ecumenical movement may seek to do the same among different religious traditions.)


Evangelicalism: Broadly speaking, this refers to the teaching of Christian gospel in an attempt to convert others to Christianity. This tends to be associated with Protestant denominations. One modern manifestation of this movement has been the spread of "televangelists" with which many of you are familiar. Some of the most prominent (and controversial) have included Jimmy Swaggert, Jim Bakker, and Jerry Falwell.


Fundamentalism: Within any religion, a fundamentalist is one who interprets scripture and belief at a literal level. Again, this would be more commonly heard in reference to certain Protestant groups.

This contains a number of resources, both from within and outside of the fundamentalist viewpoint.


Liberation Theology: "What must be done? as opposed to "What must I believe?" This movement grew out of the Catholic Church in the 1960s. It attempts to address and redress inequalities and oppression through a Christian perspective. Most of the early focus of the movement was in Latin America, but it has certainly spread to other areas. Later, other groups adopted the principles of the movement to seek similar reforms.


HOMEWORK for Christianity - Day #5

Your short essays on Judaism were theoretically due last Thursday.

You should begin reading the Christianity chapter in Huston Smith's The World's Religions. I've updated the reading schedule.


Independent Assignments: Hopefully, you have had a chance to post three or four of these. Here's what the schedule looks like for the remainder of the course.

  • Taking a Position - April 29th (This was actually a while back. This should have been your FOURTH.)
  • Experience It - The week of May 9th.
You may do ONE additional Independent Assignment for extra credit if you would like. You may choose to do "Talk About It" OR you may do the choice from 4/11 ("Watching It/ Read About It") that you did not previously do.

  • EXTRA CREDIT: Talking About It OR Watching It/Read About It- May 23rd

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