Part II: The Middle Ages and Scholasticism, The Reformation and the Enlightenment
Summer Quarter 2007
We will continue our historical overview as we learn how the modern church, and western civilization, has been influenced by events of the late classical period, the Medieval Period and the rise of Scholasticism, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment.
Part I: From the fall of Rome to the Doctors of the Church
Part II: Scholasticism and the High Middle Ages
Part III: The Reformation
Part IV: The Enlightenment and the rise of pure reason
Given that the focus of this class is on not only “How the Church and Western culture got where it is today” but also on where and when many of the ideas, habits and concepts that we now either affirm or reject started, I will draw from a variety of sources by Christian and non-Christian authors. If you want to purchase one book for the quarter, Earl Cairn’s survey of Church History is the best option, as I’ll tie lessons to chapters from his book.
Earl Cairns, Christianity Through the Centuries, 3rd Edition, Zondervan Press, 1996
Thomas Cahill, Mysteries of the Middle Ages, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2006
Christopher Dawson, Religion and the Rise of Western Culture, Image Books/Doubleday, 1950
Jonathan Hill, What has Christianity Ever Done For Us?, Intervarsity Press, 2005
William Placher, A History of Christian Theology, an Introduction, WJK, 1983
Peter Watson, Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention from Fire to Freud, Harper Perennial, 2005