Evolution of an idea or a discipline central to the humanities. Content varies from year to year. For University Honors Program students only. Offered: A.
This course will study the history of the symbolism of the Triune God from its origin in the imagery of the Hebrew Bible and the Christian New Testament through its diverging interpretations as either an experiential or a speculative symbolism, leading eventually to the separation of the Eastern and Western Christian traditions over these differences and their implications
Student learning goals
How to read religious texts in terms of their context and symbolism
The different historical development of the Christian tradition in western Europe and in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
The fundamental theological differences between the Eastern and Western Christian traditions.
The role concern with political power played in shaping Christian religious institutions.
General method of instruction
The text for the course will be Professor Webb’s manuscript of a book in progress, which will be distributed to students in PDF form. Classes will consist mainly of discussion of topics selected from the various chapters.
No special background required.
Class assignments and grading
There will be a one hour mid-term exam for all students, but students will be able to choose between completing the course with a final exam or writing a paper of about 8-10 pages to be turned in at the last class meeting.
The grade will be based on class participation, mid-term exam, and either a final exam or a paper.