Christianity’s Dangerous Memory

Join Katharine Massam and Kerrie Handasyde on Wednesday evenings online or in person as they revisit and reinterpret key moments in Christianity’s past. History is different now – and dangerous memory is powerful.


Memory has the power to shape us. Dangerous memory unsettles our past and makes us reconsider our present. By daring to look at alternative sources of history and by asking different questions of the past, we challenge ourselves. We see that the church and its influence might have been different – and could be different. In Christianity’s Dangerous Memory we explore forgotten, marginalised, and rediscovered perspectives on Christianity’s past. We go beyond the well-rehearsed narratives to see how memory is constructed and how the past shapes the present. We engage with recent scholarship on the history of Christianity and nationalism, gender and the body, capitalism and the secular, interfaith and cross-cultural contact, and the environment.


As this class requires active participation, you will be expected to attend in real-time, either via zoom or onsite at Pilgrim theological college. However, as the classes are on Wednesday evening, this class is a great option for students who can’t complete classes during business hours.


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Course code CH1020P/8020P
Instructor K Handasyde & K Massam
Mode of Delivery
Internal – Face to face and
External – Online Synchronous
Semester 2 Wednesday, 6 pm to 9 pm