2023-2024 / HREL0004-1

Introduction to the history of Christianity


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Master in history (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history of art and archaeology : general (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in history (60 ECTS)5 crédits 


Frédérick Vanhoorne

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course intends to address Christianity as an object of history. An epistemological reflection on the issue will be outlined.

He will then address the question of the character Jesus and the possibilities of identifying elements of his historical figure.

The fundamental sources for the history of Christianity and its tradition will be the subject of a critical analysis and a contextualization.

Beyond Jesus, a central figure of Christianism will be addressed in his historicity: Paul of Tarsus.

Finally, the figure of Augustine and his influence on Western Christianity will be discussed.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

This course developps an exclusively historical approach and perspective.

At the end of this course, the student 

- has been made aware of the specificities of the historical method when dealing with the religious fact,

- masters a series of elements of the history of Christianity that will enable it to understand it better and to deal more easily with Christian historical sources.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is taught in the first term 2022, on Monday (9-11 am).

The course will resume face-to-face on Monday, September 25 2023 at 9 am at A1/2/Commu 2.  



Frédérick Vanhoorne, conservateur

ULiège Library - Biblothèque de l'Université de Liège

Place Cockerill, 1 (bât. A3)

Tel. 04 366 53 43

Courriel: F.Vanhoorne@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Online Notes
Notes available on MyULg.