Christianity from 1250 to the Present

HISTORY 185B

Spring 2017
Section: 
001
Location: 
141 Giannini
Day & Time: 
TuTh 12:30-2
Class Number: 
32122
Units: 
4

This course treats the history of (principally Western) Christianity between the High Middle Ages and the present in Europe and in the rest of the world. The course’s main themes are Christianity and the encounter of cultures. Readings range from Dante, Thomas à Kempis, Las Casas, Martin Luther, and St. Teresa of Avila to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Decrees of the Council of Trent, and Gustavo Gutierrez. The lectures will cover political, social, cultural, and intellectual themes, such as the papacy, heresy and ecclesiastical authority; varieties of piety, spirituality, and mysticism; religious aesthetics in the realms of art and architecture; imperialism, globalization, and evangelization; theological speculation, Biblical scholarship, and Christian responses to modernity and secularization. This introductory course presupposes no previous study of the subject, though almost any previous study of history or religion should be helpful.