- This course is a survey of the diversity of medieval theology as it developed from an essentially Augustinian source in its encounter with new conflicts and cultural factors and as it eventually promoted and provoked the European reformations. The period addressed covers through the Council of Trent and the death of Calvin. It meets the M. Div. core requirement in Church History "b" (CHB).
In the thousand years since the fall of the Roman Empire, western Christianity conserved, deepened, inculturated, and diversified its Augustinian patristic heritage. This course introduces the student to a significant body of theological and historical data as a means to acquiring a broader perspective on one's own faith as well as a more sympathetic appreciation for the catholic and apostolic church of which the student is a part. Moreover, through work in primary source readings, the student should acquire an improved facility in the analysis of theological arguments and the ability to articulate the meaning of the Christian faith in its historical development and social contextualization – both of which skills will carry over into the student's reading, understanding, and exposition of Scripture itself.