Christianity-Early Years

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

Religion

Course Number: 
275
Institution: 
Amherst College

This course deals with issues which arose in the first five centuries of the Christian Church. We will examine first how Christians defined themselves vis-à-vis the Greek intellectual environment, and also Christian separation from and growing intolerance towards Judaism. Secondly, we will investigate Christians’ relationship to the Roman state both before and after their privileged position under Constantine and his successors. Thirdly, the factors at play in the debates over the divinity and humanity of Jesus will be examined. Finally, we will look at the rise and function of the holy man in late antique society as well as the relationship of this charismatic figure to the institutional leaders of the Christian Church. Note will be taken that if it is primarily an issue of the holy man, what happened to the realization of the claim that “in Christ there is neither male nor female?"  What too of the claim that “in Christ there is neither free nor slave?"

Spring semester.  Professor Doran.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
RELI-275-01-1213S

Course Sections

Christianity-Early Years
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Robert Doran

rdoran@amherst.edu

MWF 10:00AM-10:50AM

CHAP 203