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Did you know we carry? Explore More. More to Explore. Art Supplies. Personalized Gifts. Church Candles. DIY Home Decor. Classic Toys. Pocket Scripture Cards. In the 6th and 7th centuries, Byzantine Christianity faced both external and internal pressures. Track the dramatically rapid spread of Islam through military conquest and the threat it posed to the Byzantine Empire. This lecture uncovers the remarkable cultural riches of the Orthodox tradition.
First, see how a 9th-century Byzantine mission established Christianity in Russia and Ukraine. Now follow the dramatic political events that marked the transition from imperial Christianity to medieval Christianity. Witness the rise of the Germanic people called the Franks, under a series of powerful rulers culminating in the pivotal figure of Charlemagne. Study the structure of a new form of society: feudalism.
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Benedictine monasticism played a foundational role in the shaping of medieval Christianity, and it continues to thrive today. Also study the seminal work of the missionaries Saint Willibrord and Saint Boniface, and the monk-scholars Bede and Alcuin. In the 11th century, relations between Orthodoxy East and Catholicism West were severed, a schism that has remained for more than a thousand years. Here, explore the intricate and complex contributing factors, including cultural distance, centuries of political-ecclesiastical rivalries, and the doctrinal disputes and power plays leading to the split.
Investigate the appeal of monasticism in the medieval world and why this dominant institution in the Catholic West required constant renewal.
Look at three famous medieval monastic houses and the key reforms each implemented in their quest for a more complete realization of the ideals of the Rule of Benedict. The majestic cathedrals of European Christendom are a key to medieval Catholic life. Study the two archetypal cathedral styles, Romanesque and Gothic; their iconic architectural features; and their symbolic structure.
The Crusades to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims represented deep ambiguities in Christian identity. Grasp the nature of these conquests as combined religious mission, popular movement, and political calculation. Then study the four most critical Crusades; their objectives, varied outcomes, and ultimate failure in both political and religious terms. This lecture follows the ascending power of the papacy in Christian Europe. Learn about the Franciscan and Dominican orders, noting their role as instruments of papal policy.
Our contemporary universities have their origins in medieval universities that were entirely Christian. Trace the rise of universities in the West—their functions, curricula, and the development of scholastic theology with its methodology of dialectical reasoning.
The 14th century saw a period of natural and human-caused disasters that negatively affected society and the church. Track the extreme hardships of the Black Death, prolonged wars, and the terrors of the Inquisition. See also how the same era produced a flourishing of Christian mysticism and the beginnings of humanist literature.
By the late medieval era, systemic dysfunction within Christianity led to efforts at structural reform. Grasp the critical issues the church faced in the practice of theology and liturgy, as well as in deepening political and moral corruption. Learn about the courageous early reformers, whose daring voices anticipated the Protestant Reformation.
Clone Content from Your Professor tab. What Does Each Format Include? Standard carrier data rates may apply in areas that do not have wifi connections pursuant to your carrier contract. Luke Timothy Johnson is the Robert W. Professor Johnson earned a Ph. Early Christianity: The Experience of the Divine. Apostle Paul. Great World Religions: Christianity. Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Jesus and the Gospels. Story of the Bible. Set The Great Ideas of Humankind. Set Understanding the Bible.
Great World Religions, 2nd Edition. Set , Rated 5 out of 5 by Rob61 from Luke timothy Johnson excels again with this course I really enjoy the perspectives on Christianity put forth by Luke Timothy Johnson.
For anyone interested in the history of Christianity, I would recommend this course. It is very well presented and interesting. Date published: Rated 2 out of 5 by avoirdupois from Extremely verbose, plodding, tedious course "History is better understood as a constructive activity in the present that is carried out by historians.
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Johnson's verbosity; he obviously enjoys expressing things in a complex, complicated, convoluted and s-l-o-w way; my grandmother would have said "long-winded". He uses MANY words to get a simple, basic idea across. His presentation is over-enunciated, plodding. Johnson ambles around the set, hands and arms waving continually to emphasise his points, flipping his gaze as one camera takes over from another. Or how about this: "The very term 'liturgy' derives from the Greek word for the public works such as sacrifices, festivals and processions that were sponsored by wealthy patrons in Greco-Roman civic religion as a way of enabling participation in divine benefits and constructing what was called the city of god and men.
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Sometimes I'm left perplexed, trying to figure out what he means It surprises me that PhDs fall prey to this error; I have noted others doing it. Re the course contents, I found it increasingly difficult and tedious to stay with the lectures; it became a real unpleasant task instead of a pleasure. The 36 could and should have been condensed into In many instances the detail was way beyond what was needed.