History of Christianity

History of Christianity

Course dates:
21 July, 2018 to 18 August, 2018
1,100 €
Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Saturday, 23 June, 2018
Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University (FUBiS)
Berlin, Germany

General information

This course will give an overview of the history of Christianity, which grew to be the world’s largest religion with currently more than 2.4 billion followers. In the first three sessions of the course we will investigate the foundations of Christianity, in the following two sessions we will discuss developments of Christianity in the Middle Ages and during the Reformation Era. The last three sessions of the course will focus on modern developments of Christianity - from Enlightenment until today.

We will start with the roots of Christianity in Judaism and, in this context, discover the person of Jesus Christ. The historical setting of an emerging Christian faith in the Roman Empire and in ancient culture will also lead us to the following central questions: What are/were Christian theology and doctrines about and to which degree can they be seen as something novel or new. The fall of the Roman Empire marks the beginning of a great transformation of Christianity concerning its geographical expansion but also its strong connection with political leaders, which characterized the Middle Ages. These developments form the historical setting for the era of Reformation, the critique and theses of the Reformators, and the formation of a new confession, namely Protestantism.

During the last three sessions, we will look at modernity: We will discuss the question of how the Christian churches reacted to the dictatorships of the 20th century and investigate the role of the church during the time of National Socialism and in socialist East Germany (GDR). Lastly, we will also look closely at Christianity today.


FUBiS offers the following accommodation options:

  • single room in a shared apartment at the student dorms
  • single occupancy apartment
  • stay with a Berlin host family

For more details on the different accommodation options, please click here.


The easiest way to register for FUBiS is by using the online registration form. You can find detailed information on how to register here.

Registration deadline is June 23, 2018.

A comprehensive overview on fees and registration can be found here.

ECTS accreditation


Contact information

Email: fubis@fubis.org

Phone: +49 30 838 73 472