REL 215 Spring 2013 History of Christian Thought: High Middle Ages and Early Modernity (W)

This class will familiarize students with major trends in Western European Christian thought during the late medieval and early modern periods, from the middle of the thirteenth century to the beginning of the sixteenth century. We will focus on: (1) trends in high scholasticism, including the impact of Greek philosophy on theological method; (2) the increasing diversity of theological expression in vernacular and in professional contexts; (3) shifting views on liturgy, human freedom, and divine power; (4) the meaning of history and tradition. Authors include: Albert the Great; Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, Marguerite Porete, Hadewijch, Angela of Foligno, Meister Eckhart, William of Ockham, and Nicholas of Cusa.
Class Format: lecture
Requirements/Evaluation: regular class attendance and participation; three short papers (5-7 pages) and a take-home examination (essay format)
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors and prospective majors in Religion, Philosophy, and/or History
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3680
REL215-01(S) LEC High Mid Ages&Early Modernity (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Ryan D. Coyne
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 317 3680
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