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Class 1: Introduction. Dr. Ann T. Orlando 8 January 2014. Welcome Back to Church History. Review Syllabus Structure of course Requirements Course Web Site My agenda/perspective/prejudices NB: No class week of Jan. 20. Class Structure. Six Parts Lectures Ref. to Bokenkotter

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Class 1 introduction

Class 1: Introduction

Dr. Ann T. Orlando

8January 2014


Welcome back to church history

Welcome Back to Church History

  • Review Syllabus

    • Structure of course

    • Requirements

    • Course Web Site

  • My agenda/perspective/prejudices

  • NB: No class week of Jan. 20


Class structure

Class Structure

  • Six Parts

    • Lectures

    • Ref. to Bokenkotter

    • Primary Source Readings

  • Five Short Papers at conclusion of Parts I – V based on primary sources

  • One Long Paper and panel discussion based on selected book reading


Book selection

Book Selection

  • Choose One by Feb 28:

    • Brad Gregory. The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society. Cambridge: Belknap Press, 2012. (Chapters)

    • D. A. Brading, Mexican Phoenix, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

    • Ruth Harris, Lourdes, New York: Penguin, 1999.

    • David Kertzer, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, New York: Vintage, 1997.

    • John McGreevy, Catholicism and American Freedom, New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.

  • Read Book by Mar 19

  • Topics for panels and papers to Ann by April 2

  • Panels last week of class


Requirements

Requirements

  • Class attendance and active participation.

  • Preparation of Short Papers and class discussion

  • Preparation of Long Paper and panel discussion

  • Two Exams:

    • Quiz I covering Parts I and II on Feb 27 (closed book)

    • Quiz II covering Parts III, IV and V on April 26 (closed book)

    • NO FINAL

  • Grade:

    • 1/3 short papers, discussion, panel and final presentation

    • 1/3 each quiz


Texts for class

Texts for Class

  • James Hitchcock, History of the Catholic Church (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2012)

  • John Vidmar, The Catholic Church Through the Ages (New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2005)

  • Thomas Bokenkotter, A Concise History of the Catholic Church (New York: Doubleday, 2004).

  • Norman Tanner, A New Short History of the Catholic Church (London: Barnes & Oates, 2011)

  • Peter Armenio, History of the Church (The Didache Series), (Midwest Theological Forum, 2005)

  • John O’Malley, A History of the Popes (Maryland: Sheed & Ward, 2010)

  • DiarmaidMacCulloch, Christianity, the First Three Thousand Years (New York: Viking, 2010)

  • Manu readings from: Carter Lindberg, Editor. The European Reformations Sourcebook. (Malden: Blackwell, 2000.)


Web site for class

Web Site for Class

  • http://web.mit.edu/aorlando/www/BJSecondChurchHistory/

  • Several files

    • Word file of syllabus

    • Lecture slides; posted day after each lecture, in a folder called Lectures; PowerPoint format


Primary sources

Primary Sources

  • Different, multiple sources each week; should be focus of papers

  • Read everything critically (includes secondary sources)

    • What is author’s perspective

    • What issues is author addressing; how important is the historical circumstance to those issues

    • Who is the audience

    • What is genre of the work (homily, thesis, poem, letter, Biblical commentary)

  • Caution using Web Resources

    • Anybody can put anything on the web and claim that it is ‘authoritative’

    • Many texts are available, but in older translations

    • Maintenance of a web resource is still on an individual basis; no guarantee that information will be well maintained

    • And if you use a web resource you must reference it


My agenda approach to history prejudices

My agenda, approach to history, prejudices

  • Apologetic

  • Intellectual History

    • What it is

    • Issues

  • When does the ‘Middle Ages’ end

  • What is most important about the 16thC

  • Importance of the 17th C


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