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HDS 2230 History of Western Christianity, 150-1100

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

This course is designed to provide a historical overview of the Church and society in western Europe from the fourth through the twelfth century.  Thus, this course will investigate late-antique and early medieval Christianity in its social and its cultural context.  Narrative and theological story lines to be pursued will include the varieties of early Christianity; relations with the Roman state (including persecution of Christians by it); the emergence of normative or “early Catholic” Christianity; early and early medieval monasticism; the search for the Christian doctrine of...

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HDS 2250 History of Western Christianity, 1100-1500

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

This course is designed to provide a historical overview of the Church and society in western Europe from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries. Thus, this course will investigate high and late medieval Christianity in its social and its cultural context. Narrative and theological story lines to be pursued will include medieval monasticism and other new forms of religious life; heresy and its repression; scholasticicsm, the university and Gothic architecture; the bid for papal monarchy; means of Christianization; saints, elics, pilgrimage and other forms of popular devotion; the...

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HDS 2293 The Holocaust and the Churches, 1933-1945

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2015

This seminar will approach the Nazi persecution of European Jewry from several disciplinary perspectives. Initially the seminar will explore the topic historically. In these weeks, the seminar will use a variety of historical materials dealing with the history of European anti-semitism, German history from Bismarck to the accession of Hitler, the evolution of anti-Jewish persecution in the Third Reich, and the history of the Holocaust itself. Sources to be used will include primary sources produced by the German government 1933-1945, by Jewish victims-to-be or survivors, documentary films...

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HDS 2253 Medieval Heresy and Heretics

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2005

Investigations of heresy and heretics in western Europe in the Middle Ages, with emphasis on popular movements and on the responses of Church and society. Attention to methodological questions, and to the relationship of heresy, orthodoxy, and authority. Previous work in the history of Christianity will be very helpful.

HDS 2252 The Friars and Their World, ca. 1100-1325: Seminar

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2004

This seminar will focus largely on secondary studies texts in English having to do with the origins and development of the Franciscan Order in the high Middle Ages. We will look at these studies also as a way into the social and religious worlds of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The central theme of the course meetings will be the cluster of issues surrounding poverty, the burgeoning split between the “spiritual” and “conventual” wings of the order, heresy and inquisition, apocalyptic thought and the evolution of papal attitudes towards the order. We will conclude the course by...

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HDS 2294 High Medieval Christianity

Semester: 

N/A

Advanced historical investigation, topics include: the papacy and reform, new religious orders, medieval thought and growth of universities, piety and devotion, Christianization on periphery of Europe, Rome and Constantinople, the Friars, heresy and its repression, Christianity and the other (Judaism, Islam, etc).

Offered jointly with the FAS as 2294

HDS 2233 Saints, Sanctity and Society in Ancient and Medieval Christianity

Semester: 

N/A

An historical introduction to the field of Christian hagiography. Topics include interpretive method, martyrdom and sanctity, sanctity and monasticism, shrines and pilgrimage, gender and sanctity, relics and veneration, canonization and the politics of sanctity. Significant attention given to parallels in other world religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism, and some to sanctity in modern America and to the making of saints today.

Offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Religion 1411.