Religious Studies | Honors Proseminar in Religion
R201 | 22963 | Furey


Topic: The Reformation: Body & Word

Why are some Christian churches filled with statues and pictures
while others are largely bare except for a cross?  Why do some
Christians venerate the Eucharist as a sacrament while others
believe reading and talking about the Bible should be the sole focus
of worship? In this course we will examine how these different
practices emerged in the course of the Protestant and Catholic
Reformations. During the sixteenth century in Europe, reformers
insisted that many traditional Catholic practices misled people and
encouraged ignorance, but 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 different
ways Catholics and Protestants practiced Christianity, we will
explore the significance of religious rituals and the relationship
between beliefs and practices.  This course requires an
authorization.  Please email cdowd@indiana.edu