Religious Studies | Studies in Christian History: Medieval Christianity
R531 | 28595 | C. Furey


This course surveys medieval Christianity in three thematic cycles. In Section One we focus
on the theme of institutional authority; Section Two analyzes forms of sanctity and
holiness; and Section Three delves into intellectual movements and theological beliefs. This
structure will allow us to revisit key developments in medieval Christianity from different
perspectives during the course of the semester and will demonstrate the complexity and
variety of practices, beliefs, institutional structures, and religious attitudes within a single
religious tradition. By the end of the course we should understand the ways medieval
Christians in western Europe (and, to a lesser extent, the eastern Orthodox churches)
might have answered the following questions:  Where is the holy?  What is the source of
authority?  How do we know God? How can we find salvation?

This graduate course meets concurrently with REL-A350. In addition to attendance and
participation at the regular A350 class sessions, you will be responsible for reading the
books and articles listed below and posting a question, comment, or response to a
colleague’s posting about the graduate reading on the R531 Oncourse forum. You must do
at least one posting per week, by 11 p.m. Monday or Wednesday night.  During the first
week of class we will arrange to meet twice monthly to discuss the R531 reading.  You
must submit a two-three page paper on the required reading, to be posted the night
before we meet. You will also be required to write a 10-15 page research paper or
bibliographic essay, and to give a short presentation (10 minutes) about your research to
the undergraduate class.