Religious Studies | 16th Century Christianity: Sacrifices, Sacraments and Ceremonies
R201 | 3871 | Furey

R201 16th Century Christianity: Sacrifices, Sacraments and Ceremonies
(Furey) (3 cr.) MW 11:15-12:30P SY212

Why are some Christian churches filled with statues and pictures while
others are largely bare except for a cross?  Why do some Christians
receive the Eucharist in a mass while others share communion in the
midst of a Sunday service? In this course we will examine how the
Protestant Reformation brought about these differences.  During the
sixteenth century in Europe, Protestants insisted that many
traditional Catholic practices misled people and encouraged ignorance.
Both Catholic and Protestant reformers argued that people should focus
on morality and theology rather than ceremonies.  At the same time,
however, religious practices remained important in Christianity.
Catholics confirmed the significance of the sacraments, and
Protestants expressed their beliefs by altering some rituals and by
developing new practices.  By analyzing the differences between the
ways Catholics and Protestants practiced Christianity, we will explore
the significance of religious rituals and the relationship between
beliefs and practices.