Online Class: Christianity 101 — An Introduction

Whether you are seeking to learn more about Christianity for personal or scholarly reasons, or you are just curious about Christ's teachings and the religion that stemmed from Him, this course will introduce you to its basic premise and principals in an easy to understand manner.

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Course Description

Delving into Christianity: A Comprehensive Guide to the World's Largest Faith

Step into the fascinating realm of Christianity, the religion that commands the spiritual allegiance of billions globally. While recent surveys suggest that about 65% of Americans identify as Christians, the faith itself is vast, intricate, and rooted in deep traditions that span the globe.

Christianity's colossal canvas boasts a myriad of denominations, with the Roman Catholic Church leading the charge, boasting over a billion adherents. The Protestant tradition follows, accounting for approximately 500 million believers, and the Eastern Orthodox Church serves as a spiritual home for approximately 225 million souls.

Despite these numbers, many Christians transcend denominational boundaries, making it likely that Christianity's actual footprint is even more extensive than projected. Central to this faith is the reverence for Jesus Christ, heralded as the Messiah, whose life and teachings, as documented in the New Testament, have offered solace, guidance, and purpose to countless souls across millennia.

This course navigates the rich tapestry of Christian thought and tradition without favoring any specific branch. Instead, it presents a panoramic view, offering insights into the core tenets and doctrines of the most influential Christian sects: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant. Given that Christianity boasts a staggering 38,000 denominations, this course wisely narrows its focus to provide a coherent and enlightening experience, without compromising depth or authenticity.

Spanning seventeen meticulously crafted lessons, this course is your passport to an engaging, enlightening journey. Each lesson concludes with a suite of summary review questions and exercises, meticulously designed to reinforce your understanding and mastery of the material. This structured approach ensures a wholesome learning experience, allowing participants to gauge their progress and solidify their understanding.

Whether driven by personal faith, academic curiosity, or an earnest desire to understand the teachings of Christ and the global religion they inspired, this course promises a lucid, comprehensive introduction to Christianity's foundational concepts.

A key companion in this journey is the Bible. While digital versions abound, participants are encouraged to secure a hard copy of the King James Version of the Holy Bible. The tangible experience of flipping through its pages, annotating, and highlighting passages can be profoundly immersive. Affordable copies are widely available online, or you might borrow one from a library or a loved one. However, owning a personal copy is invaluable, serving as a lifelong reference and spiritual companion.

Join us on this enlightening journey and immerse yourself in the timeless teachings and traditions of Christianity.

*Note: The Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches view themselves not as mere "denominations" but assert their identity as "The One True Church," anchored in the Confession of Peter and established by Jesus Christ Himself.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Christianity

A Christian can be tall, short, blond, brunette, redheaded, or bald; American, European, Irish, Australian, Middle Eastern, African, or Asian; black, brown, white, yellow, or any color in between. Additional lesson topics: Introduction to Christianity 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B : Introduction Discussion
  • Lesson 1 Video C : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Lesson discussions: Christianity; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 - Introduction to Christianity

Lesson 2. The Christian Bible

The Bible is the most epic, dramatic, and interesting book ever written in the history of humankind. It is separated into two books: The Old Testament and the New Testament. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 - The Christian Bible

Lesson 3. Brief History of Christianity

The term "Christian" was developed as a way to describe those who followed the teachings of Christ. Christianity encompasses the birth, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 - Brief History of Christianity

Lesson 4. Overview of Basic Christian Doctrines

A doctrine is simply something that is taught. It is a position or the body of principles in a branch of knowledge or a system of belief. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 - Overview of Basic Christian Doctrines

Lesson 5. Christian Churches and Denominations

Christianity as we know it today began after the death of Jesus Christ. Christ himself did not found any church during His lifetime and according to the Gospels he rarely used the word church. Additional lesson topics: Christian Denominations 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 - Christian Churches/Denominations

Lesson 6. Christian Practices, Rituals, Sacraments, and Traditions

Of all the rites and rituals of the Christian faith, the sacrament of Baptism is the most practiced, prevailing, and frequently honored. It is considered a spiritual rebirth. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 - Christian Practices, Rituals, Sacraments and Traditions

Lesson 7. Christianity in the Post-modern World

While this is not a subject often discussed, our post-modern world views Christianity quite a bit differently compared to the past. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video A
  • Lesson 7 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 - Christianity in the Postmodern World

Lesson 8. Christian and Christian Church Holidays

For Christians, Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Christ. It occurs on December 25th of every year. Many Christians attend Mass on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video A
  • Lesson 8 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Lesson discussions: Holidays
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 - Christian and Christian Church Holidays

Lesson 9. Well Known Christian Leaders, Past and Present

While there are literally hundreds of well known, highly honored Christian leaders, only a few have been chosen to be introduced in this lesson. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video A
  • Lesson 9 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 - Well Known Christian Leaders, Past and Present

Lesson 10. Similarities and Differences between Christianity and Other Religions

Loving everyone requires respect. While many religious people feel that only their beliefs are the "right" beliefs, this is incorrect. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video A
  • Lesson 10 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Lesson discussions: Religions
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 - Similarities and Differences between Christianity and Other Religions

Lesson 11. Archangels and Angels

Angels capture our imaginations. From movies to literature, songs, poetry, and great works of art, angels have inspired creative people of all media. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video A
  • Lesson 11 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 - Archangels and Angels

Lesson 12. Christ's 12 Disciples or Apostles

Central to the teachings of Christ are His apostles. During Christ's time on Earth, the 12 he chose were "disciples" or learners; after his death, they were sent out to carry his message to the world. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video A
  • Lesson 12 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 - Christs Twelve Disciples/Apostles

Lesson 13. Conclusion

Christianity is the largest religion in the world. There are many denominations of Christianity, although Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Protestant are the three largest churches of the faith. 143 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video A
  • Lesson 13 Video B : Lesson Discussion Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Opinion Matters: Course Rating; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the basic tenets of Christianity.
  • Summarize a brief history of Christianity.
  • Identify overview of basic Christian Doctrines.
  • Recognize Christian churches and denominations.
  • Describe Christian practices, rituals, sacraments, and traditions.
  • Describe Christianity in the post-modern world.
  • Summarize well known Christian leaders, past and present.
  • Describe similarities and differences between Christianity and other religions.
  • Summarize the place of archangels and angels in Christianity.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Christianity 101: An Introduction
Course Number: 8900143
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,254 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: January 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.8 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "The instructor was very insightful and helpful. This was a very enlightening and interesting course." -- Louise S.
  • "I enjoyed your class. I feel as though I have learned a lot about the subject of Christianity. Thank you as well for your quick feedback on our assignments and tests." -- Jennifer W.
  • "The instructor gave outstanding encouragement and feedback!" -- Alvin O.
  • "Excellent course, looking forward to taking more." -- Karen T.
  • "Everything was great." -- Kristina T.
  • "All the course, it was helpful in the material it persented." -- Shoney T.
  • "The instructor was very prompt with grading and commenting on any assighment. Great job!" -- Tim H.
  • "It was all very helpful. It will help me understand Christianity a lot more." -- William H.
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