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EHIS 210 Faith, Reason, and Medieval Society

3 s.h.

This course will examine the philosophies, definitions and practice of faith in medieval Europe, from the early desert fathers through the Reformation. The course will examine the influence of formative philosophical texts including works by Boethius, Anselm, Abelard and Aquinas among others; religious texts, including saints’ lives and church treatises; as well as the impact of secular movements, namely the 12th century renaissance, on the expression and understanding of faith; the development of the Cult of Saints and the power of relics. Special attention will be given to the topics of the religious expression of women a nd the lower classes; the role of sexuality in religion; comparison and contrast of Christian philosophy and practice to that of Islam and Judaism, and the themes of religious deviation, heresy and reform. Offered irregularly. (LA)

Prerequisite: 3 sh 100 level HIST or SoS.

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