10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR
Krug Hall 7
Section Information for Spring 2015
The Roman Catholic Church has developed to become arguably the oldest and most far-reaching, if not also most internally diverse, single institution within human history. It is also the only religion to have its own nation-state (the Vatican) and, thus, diplomatic embassies around the world and representation (including voting rights) at the United Nations. Catholicism’s thought, aesthetics, and influence made it global long before “globalization.”
Yet, for many interested in history, medieval, global, cultural and (post-)colonial studies let alone western philosophy, art, and literature, Catholicism remains a “mystery.” This course will serve as a general introduction to the history of and shifts within Catholic thought (religious, philosophical, moral, liturgical, etc.) and its wider influence by focusing on key moments of cultural encounters.