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Religious Studies (RL ST)

RL ST 124 (GH;US;IL) (CAMS 124, J ST 124) Early and Medieval Christianity (3) Analysis in cultural context of selected thinkers, ideas, and movements in Christianity from the second through the fifteenth century.

RL ST (CAMS/J ST) 124 Early and Medieval Christianity (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course traces the development of one of the world's "Big 5" religions from the death of its founder (about the year 30 C. E.) down to the middle ages. It focuses on significant trends, controversies, personalities, and turning points. These are not just diverse in terms of chronological breadth, but are also spread geographically from the eastern end of the Roman Empire (the border with Persia) to northern Europe. Attention is given to the various manifestations of Christianity (Judaic, Hellenistic, Latin), and the linkage between local patterns (culture, history and predispositions) and how these shaped the sort of Christianity that took root in particular areas. Students typically will be evaluated on four "pop" quizzes, a midterm and a final exam. The course can be used towards a major or minor in Religious Studies, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Jewish Studies and used to fulfill 3 credits in the Humanities for non-majors.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US;IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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