Medieval and Reformation Theology: Introduction

The Augustinian Millennium
Augustine is the western bridge from antiquity to the Middle Ages.
The thousand years that follow him see the fall and fragmentation of the Roman Empire, the relative isolation of Europe, the evangelization of Germanic tribes, and the evolution of European Christian cultures.
Augustine shapes medieval western society, ecclesiology, theology, philosophy, spirituality, liturgy, psychology, politics, biblical practices.
Augustine's followers take his legacy in many different and inconsistent directions.
The European reformations are schisms among schools of Augustinianism.
These schools and legacies live on in western (and now world) Christianity.
Overarching Issues/Potential Assignments
Who are these centuries' best narrators?
Was Europe's evangelization a success?
What was medieval Christianity really like?
Was it healthy?
What was at stake in Europe's reformations?
Was one reformation camp right?
What answers (and guidance, and warnings, and misdirections) do these centuries hold for us?
Can we appropriate some parts of medieval and reformation theology but not others?
What is our relationship with these people?
Are they fathers?
Fellow disciples?
Heretics?
Strangers?