Introduction to Christianity

Our charted path for this includes an introduction to Christianity in general and foundational lessons on the Bible and the origins of Christianity. The course also provides an understanding of the core beliefs and practices of early Christians and a period-by-period snapshot of how those core beliefs and practices evolved as well as the historical, philosophical, scientific, and cultural events that shaped that evolution. To close, the course recaps where Christians are today with regard to doctrine and practice (retracing our steps from the early church to today) and how Christians are confronting issues in the 21st century.

Course Information

Examine the basic tenets of the Christian faith and explain the key events in the Biblical narrative and relate it to its historical context. 

Bloom’s level 5

Trace key developments and summarize key characters in the history of the church. 

Bloom’s level 5

Explore the origins of current church denominations and movements. 

Bloom’s level 3

Demonstrate how passages from the New Testament letters can be applied to various situations throughout church history and today.

Bloom’s level 3

Combine a responsible interpretation of a passage from the New Testament letters with a dilemma faced by the church, either historically or currently.

Bloom’s level 6

Course Outline

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How Our Syllabus Stacks Up (Syllabus Equivalency)

Syllabi for equivalent courses from four other institutions were reviewed. The following table represents the coverage of rigor in terms of number of assessments and content in a TEL course as it relates to other similar courses.

4 Year Public University #1
4 Year Private University #1
4 Year Private University #2
4 Year Public University #2
 Lesson Quizzes
57 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Module Quizzes
11 3 N/A 8 Variable
2 1 2 2 2
 Essay Assignments
3 N/A 1 1 Variable
Participation –
2 Discussions
N/A Participation
Reading Responses
Journal Reflections Short Answer Questions

Lesson Features

Each of our lessons is designed as self-contained learning environment that provides all the context, explanation, and resources you need to learn about a specific topic. We give you the information you need in a format that helps you apply it in your daily life.


Knowing why a topic matters and how it applies to your experience is an important part of learning anything. That’s why we make sure you have the proper context for the information we give you.

Video Overview

Every TEL Library lesson features a video overview of the information being presented. Our videos provide helpful text callouts and a downloadable transcript.


We provide two different readings that elaborate information related to the lesson topic. The first gives you essential, objective information while the second offers a deeper look at a specific sub-topic or a view of different perspectives.

Check Your Knowledge

Developing a clear understanding of a topic generally requires that you spend time reflecting on the meaning or impact of its concepts and information. We facilitate this reflection with polls designed to help you create connections to the topic.



It’s easy to get tripped up on unfamiliar terms when you’re trying to learn something new. We’ve developed in-line glossary definitions of key terms to help make lessons easier to read and understand.

Toolbox Resources

We know that our lessons are simply a starting point for many learners. That’s why we provide a toolbox with related web resources for each lesson so that you can continue your learning journey on a specific topic.

Purchasing Options


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Courses on Demand

This option is perfect for homeschooling parents and students as well as independent learners. A single license grants a student access to a single course — offered by a TEL Partner Institution utilizing TEL Curriculum. Start learning today!