MDST 215, CLST 215|
The first four centuries of the Christian era will illustrate the lively twists and turns of social experimentation that set the stage for the emergence of the Christian religion. This course will be concerned with fundamental arenas of intellectual and social conflict, including constructions of Christian myths of apostolic origins and authority; the appropriation of the Jewish epic; the challenge of gnosticism; the domestication of Greek philosophy; interpretations of sexuality and gender; experiences of martyrdom and prosecution; theological reflections on human nature and society; and the ways Christians were seen by Romans. The objective will be to grasp the beginnings of the Christian religion as a human achievement of cultural consequence.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Phil/Reli)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(MEST-MN)(RELI-MN)(RELI)(SISP-Reli Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|SECTION 01 In-person only|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
C. R. Richardson, EARLY CHRISTIAN FATHERS. (Macmillan, 1970). ISBN: 9780684829517.
R. Wilken, THE CHRISTIANS AS THE ROMANS SAW THEM. (Yale University Press, 2003). ISBN: 9780300098396.
C. Moss, ANCIENT CHRISTIAN MARTYRDOM: DIVERSE PRACTICES, THEOLOGIES AND TRADITIONS. (Yale University Press, 2012). ISBN: 9780300154658.
R. Knapp, THE DAWN OF CHRISTIANITY: PEOPLE AND GODS IN A TIME OF MAGIC AND MIRACLES. (Harvard University Press, 2017). ISBN: 9780674976467.
Course packet of readings
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two papers (each 5-6) and a final paper (8-9 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the "Historical Traditions" OR "Thematic Approach" requirement for the Religion Department major.
|Instructor(s): Cameron,Ron Times: ..T.R.. 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 0||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 19||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 4||SO: 4||FR: 9|
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