This exciting degree is clearly anchored in Liverpool Hope’s ecumenical character. The course is designed to stimulate critical thinking about and exploration of the vast cultural and intellectual riches of the Christian tradition throughout the centuries. You will explore the roots of that tradition through close reading of its texts. You will examine some of the major thinkers, challenges and movements that have shaped Christian identities in the UK, Europe and of the wider world. This will include the mystical traditions of early and medieval Christianity, the challenges of Reformation and Enlightenment, and C20th-C21st responses to problems of war, sexuality and gender, liberation and justice, the human condition, and the Holocaust. You will gain a complex understanding of the Bible through the academic study of a range of Biblical literature. You will also be introduced to the historical and cultural context in which the Biblical writings were composed, and the study of religion in antiquity more generally. Additionally, you also have the option of studying biblical languages during years two and three.