"Hist 185B, History of Christianity, Middle Ages to the Present"
Syllabus, Hist 185B (S2006)_final version 1 Hist 185B, History of Christianity, Middle Ages to the Present Luther Erasmus Teresa of Avila Sor Juana Ines Spring 2006 4 credits MWF 11-12, 182 Dwinelle Thomas A. Brady, Jr. firstname.lastname@example.org 642-4426 office 3225 Dwinelle 843-2236 home Office Hrs. MW 1:30-4:00 & by appointment DESCRIPTION The History Department’s course on the history of Christianity was introduced into the curriculum several decades ago by the late Professor William J. Bouwsma. Hist 185B continues down to the present and in a global context the story of Hist 185A, History of Christianity to 1250. With a main theme of Christianity and the encounter of cultures, it consists of two parts. First, there are lectures on such topics as ecclesiastical institutions and doctrine, forms of piety, revivalism, evangelization, theological speculation, Biblical scholarship, and philosophical arguments for and against religion. Second, there are discussions based on readings of original sources. This introductory course presupposes no previous study of the subject, though almost any previous study of history or religion ought to be helpful. Shusaku Endo Charles Finney Theresa of Lisieux Ngugi wa Thiong’o Syllabus, Hist 185B (S2006)_final version 2 PAPERS & EXAM Three short papers are required to be written on the following topics. 1. “What Luther Meant: The Erasmus-Luther Debate” (6 pp.). Due on Monday, February 13. 2. “A Common Faith: St. Teresa in her Cloister and Jesuits in Japan.” (8 pp.). Due on Monday, March 13. 3. “Modern Spiritual Odysseys: Charles Finney and Theresa of Lisieux” (10-12 pp.). Due on Monday, April 19. The final exam will be announced. READINGS All of these required readings are available at Moffit Reserve and at the bookstores. • J. McManners, The Oxford History of Christianity. • Erasmus & Luther, On Free Will. • Teresa of Avila, Autobiography. • Sushaku Endo, Silence. • C. Finney, Autobiography. • Theresa of Lisieux, Autobiography. • Ngugi wa Thiong’o, River Between. SCHEDULE Week I. Introduction: Christian Times, Christian Places. 1/17. W. Times: History of Religion, Christian History, History of Christianity, Church History. 1/19. F. Spaces: Christian Europe & the World History of Christianity READ: McManners, chaps. 1-3. Week II. Christendom East & West. 1/23. M. Christendom East & West. 1/25. W. The Transformation of the Western Church, 1050-1350. 1/27. F. Piety & Reform in the Late Medieval Church. READ: McManners, chaps. 4-6. Week III. Protestant Reformation. 1/30. M. Enthusiasm and Discipline: The Protestant Reformation. 2/1. W. Two Kingdoms: The Protestant Argument. 2/3. F. Discussion: Erasmus & Luther, On Free Will. READ: McManners, chap. 7; Erasmus & Luther, On Free Will. Week IV. Catholic Reformation I: Missions. 2/6. M. Mobilization of the Catholic Church. 2/8. W. The Problem of Christian Missions. 2/10. F. Evangelizing the Americas—Mexico and Peru. READ: McManners, chaps. 7 (review), 9. Syllabus, Hist 185B (S2006)_final version 3 Week V. Catholic Reformation II: Spain 2/13. M. Spiritual Conquest of the Americas. 2/15.W. St. Teresa’s Spain. 2/17. F. Discussion: Teresa of Avila, Autobiography. READ: Teresa of Avila, Autobiography. Paper No. 1 is due on Monday, February 13. Week VI. Evangelizing II—North America. 2/20. M. HOLIDAY. PRESIDENTS’ DAY. 2/22. W. Evangelizing North America. 2/24. F. The Jesuits in New France. READ: McManners, chaps. 9 (review). Week VII. Evangelizing III—India, China, Japan. 2/27. M. Missionizing Asia. 3/1. W. Triumph and Failure—Japan. 3/3. F. Discussion: Endo, Silence. READ: Endo, Silence. Week VIII. Migrations of the Sacred—Christianity & the Secular World. 3/6. M. Empire, State, Nation. 3/8. W. Civilization, Science, Technology. 3/10. F. Reason, Individual, Self. READ: McManners, chap. 8. Week IX. Protestant Modernism. 3/13. M. Rational Religion: Toland, Locke, Hume. 3/15. W. Historical Religion: Hegel, Schleiermacher, Strauss 3/17. F. The Counterattack of Faith: Kierkegaard. READ: McManners, chap. 8 (review). Paper No. 2 is due on Monday, March 13. Week X. Awakenings in North America. 3/20. M. History of the Spirit in North America. 3/22. W. The Second Awakening. 3/24. F. Discussion: Finney, Autobiography. READ: McManners, chap. 11; Finney, Autobiography March 27-31. Spring Break Week XI. Second Spring Roman Catholicism. 4/3. The Liberation of Roman Catholicism. 4/5. Tradition & Modernism. 4/7. Discussion: Theresa of Lisieux, Autobiography. READ: McManners, chap. 10; Theresa of Lisieux, Autobiography. Week XII. Crisis of the 20th-Century. 4/10. M. Challenges to Modernism. 4/12. W. Facing Total Claims: Fascism & Communism. 4/14. F. War, Holocaust, and Faith—Simone Weil & Dietrich Bonhoeffer. READ: McManners, chaps. 10 (review), 15. Week XIII. Africa—Empire & Evangelization. Syllabus, Hist 185B (S2006)_final version 4 4/17. M. Missions & Empires. 4/19. W. Christian Civilization & African Cultures. 4/21. F. NO CLASS. READ: McManners, chaps. 13-14. Paper No. 3 is due on Monday, April 19. Week IV. Migrations. 4/24. M. Discussion: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, The River Between. 4/26. W. Protestant Migration: Ecumenism. 4/28. F. Catholic Migration: The Johannine Revolution. READ: McManners chap. 16-17; Ngugi wa Thiong’o, The River Between. Week XV. May 1-5. Christianity’s Third Millennium. 5/1. M. Mutations of Faith: Latin America. 5/3. W. The End of Christian Europe 5/5. F. Millennialism—the Moving Spirit. READ: McManners, chaps. 12, 18. Week XVI. Futures. 5/8. M. Discussion: The Future of Christianity. READ: McManners, chap. 19.