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Martyrs, Mystics and Monastics

HNRS 2030 Sec. 3 - Fall 2018

Assistant Professor Sherri Johnson Department of History

M W F 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
French House 200

 

In this class, we will examine  the pursuit of holiness in early and medieval Christianity by exploring three themes - martyrdom, monasticism and mysticism.

  •  How did ideas about the pursuit of holiness change as Christianity transformed from a marginal, persecuted religion to a powerful one? 
  • What do we learn about a religious tradition by understanding what practitioners held up as exemplary behavior?
  • How did ideas about gender influence the practice and experience of devotion in early and medieval Christianity?
  • What factors determined whether individuals received praise or blame for their efforts to pursue holiness as they understood it? 
  • We will look at how these practices and the beliefs behind them developed in ancient and medieval Christianity, keeping in mind the social context in which they emerged. 

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Humanities