Course Summary

A review of the beginning of Christianity in Asia and its subsequent history

The course is organized in three modules: (1) Christianity in Asia to 1500, (2) Christianity in Asia 1500-1900, and (3) Christianity in Asia Since 1900. Not open to prison students. 3 graduate semester credits.


• Evaluate theological issues in early Christian missions.

• Recognize the effects of the spread of Islam on Christianity.

• Appraise significant Asian missionaries.

• Analyze the political, social, and religion environment in Asian missions.

• Discuss issues in modern Asian missions.

• Recognize essential elements in creating a viable mission strategy for Asia.

Credit for the course requires a score of 70% or greater on three multiple choice exams, an essay exam, and a book review.  Each exam counts 20 percent of the course grade.  A sample multiple choice problem is given below.

The story of Christianity in Asia is (A) significantly unique to think of it as a third force, after Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, (B) similar to that of the Roman West in terms of doctrine and practice, (C) similar to that of Orthodoxy in terms of doctrine and practice.


Ample e-books are available in the Electronic Collection without cost to the student.  If hard copy substitutes are preferred, the following are recommended:

Chan, Simon. Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. IVP Academic. 217 pages. $16.50 ISBN: 978-0830840489 (Module 3)

Moffett, Samuel Hugh. A History of Christianity in Asia. Vol. 1. Orbis Books, 1998. 560 pages. $27.54 ISBN: 978-1570751622 (Module 1)

Moffett, Samuel Hugh. A History of Christianity in Asia. Vol. 2. Orbis Books, 1998. 742 pages. $30 ISBN: 978-1570757013 (Module 2)

Sugirtharajah, R. S. Frontiers in Asian Christian Theology: Emerging Trends. Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2010. ISBN: 978-1608995264 (Module 3)

Internet articles are linked within the syllabus.