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Explore human history, philosophy, ethics, and culture through the lens of one of the largest religions in the world. Learn more about Christianity with edX.

What is Christianity?

Christianity is a major world religion based on the teachings of Jesus Christ. It encompasses a diverse range of beliefs, practices, and traditions followed by billions of people worldwide. The religion has roots in Judaism, takes influences from early Roman history, and has many different factions under the same umbrella.

There are many different schools of Christianity, but the defining principle remains the belief in one god in the form of the Trinity and the belief that Jesus was the Son of God. When studying Christianity, learners can delve into ancient texts, theological debates, and the development of Christian thought across centuries, gaining insights into the shaping of Western civilization and its impact on global societies. It also offers a rich tapestry of art, music, literature, and architecture that has inspired and shaped human creativity for centuries.

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Christianity course curriculum

In an introductory Christianity course, learners could begin to understand the foundational concepts, stories, and beliefs through scripture. Some examples of topics that might be covered include:

  • Contents of the Bible

  • Diverse interpretations of well-known passages

  • Nature of God, the Trinity, salvation, grace, sin, and eschatology

  • Development of Christianity from its origins in the first century to the present day

  • Worship practices, liturgy, and sacraments

edX offers online courses that allow learners to study a variety of topics including Christianity, theology, and much more. ‌Sign up for an accelerated boot camp or enroll in a full degree program and start working toward a bachelor's degree or (for more advanced learners) a master’s degree in a relevant subject. You can also explore executive education programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Explore jobs related to Christianity

Learning about Christianity could lead to new career paths or professional development in a variety of fields, both within and outside religious organizations. Some examples include:

  • Clergy or religious leader: Guides and supports congregations, delivers sermons, administers sacraments, and provides pastoral care.

  • Chaplaincy: Provide spiritual guidance and support in various settings, such as hospitals, military organizations, prisons, and universities.

  • Interfaith dialogue and advocacy: Work in interfaith organizations, promoting dialogue, understanding, and cooperation among different religious groups. You can also engage in advocacy work on behalf of Christian values and concerns.

  • Cultural and heritage organizations: Curate exhibits, conduct research, and preserve and interpret Christian art, artifacts, and historical sites in museums, cultural centers, and heritage organizations.

Each of these roles will have different education and skills requirements. Some employers may seek candidates with a degree in theology depending on the role. Before deciding on a specific learning path, research the positions you hope to pursue and align your coursework with your career goals.

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