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HSTD 6301 Mediterranean Christianity

Mediterranean Christianity studies the development of Christianity from the close of the Apostolic/Second Temple periods (ca 100 AD/CE) to the creation of the Papal States and the evangelization of Northern Europe (ca 750 AD/CE).  Patristic texts and other primary sources are used to illustrate the Church’s passage from its Semitic roots into the Hellenistic and Germanic worlds.  Special attention is given to institutional and sacramental development; persecutions, the Constantinian revolution; early Councils; the collapse of the Western Roman Empire; the rise of Islam, and the development of Eastern Christianity.  

  HSTD 6302 European Christianity

European Christianity studies the development of Latin Christianity in the period from the consolidation of Western Mediterranean Christianity to the beginnings of the Age of Discovery (750-1492).  It investigates the evangelization of the Germanic and Western Slav peoples, the impact of Islam, Roman-Byzantine disputes, the Crusades, development of the papal office, Church-State controversies, the origins of religious orders and the culture of the “Middle Ages,” and the influence of the Renaissance.

  HSTD 6303 World Christianity

This course studies the development of Latin Christianity in the period from the consolidation of Western Mediterranean Christianity to the beginnings of the Age of Discovery (750-1492).  It investigates the evangelization of the Germanic and Western Slav peoples, the impact of Islam, Roman-Byzantine disputes, the Crusades, development of the papal office, Church-State controversies, the origins of religious orders and the culture of the “Middle Ages,” and the influence of the Renaissance.

  HSTD 6807 American Christianity

American Christianity focuses on the growth and development, religious and social, of the Roman Catholic Church in America and its interaction with other American Christian bodies and with American society as a whole.  We will examine the consequences of the encounter of European and Native American cultures through a study of the colonization and evangelical policies of Spain.  We will consider the Protestant roots of most of American Christianity and their influence on the Catholic Church in the United States.  With this as a background, we will study the impact of immigration on American society and the resultant questions of assimilation and Americanization of Catholics.

We will then evaluate the maturing of the Catholic Church in the last half of the twentieth century, concentrating on the effects of Vatican II and contemporary societal changes within the United States.  In this evaluation we will seek to understand how the pluralistic context of American culture has affected and continues to affect the Catholic Church.

During the course of the semester the cultural heritage of the particular ethnic and racial groups of American Catholics will be discussed as each enters the life of the American Church.  This discussion will focus on the characteristics and contributions these cultures have brought and the attendant challenges and problems of assimilation and religious identity.  Finally we will analyze the contemporary challenges faced by the Church today.

  HSTD 6309 History of Christianity

History of Christianity provides an overview of the development of Christianity from its origins to the present. It studies the evolution of Christianity from a movement within Judaism to a world religion, focusing on Church polity, belief, and spirituality in succeeding periods. It addresses current challenges facing contemporary Christianity.

Issues such as Church-State relations the Reformation, Evangelization, and the influence of the Enlightenment on the Church are major themes. Contemporary questions facing Catholic Christianity are also investigated.

  HSTD 6222 Popes and the Papacy

Popes and the Papacy studies the institution of the papacy and individual holders of the papal office.  We survey the major periods of development of Catholicism from the perspective of the papacy.  Special attention is given to the 19th and 20th century in which we investigate and analyze the growth of the papal office.

  HSTD 6226 Ecumenical Councils

Ecumenical Councils studies the concept of the Church as the custodian of tradition, focusing on the ecumenical council as the primary vehicle for discernment and teaching of Catholic doctrine.  Throughout the course specific theological and disciplinary questions addressed by the councils are used to illustrate the questions and problems faced by the Church at a given moment in its life.

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