Course Summary

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

The course addresses the history, theological underpinnings, and attitudes that have shaped the church in the East from inception to the present and concludes with observations regarding future evangelistic activity.  It 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.


• Identify and evaluate theological issues in early Christian missions in the East

• Analyze the political, social, and religious environment in Asian missions

• Discuss issues in modern Asian missions

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, (D) a mixture as it reflects doctrines and practices of mission activity over the centuries.


Three e-books are available in the Electronic Collection without cost to the student.

Internet articles are linked within the syllabus.