Course Details

  • Online | Asynchronous
  • 4 weeks | December 20, 2021 – January 14, 2022
  • 3 credits | $1,596
  • Last day to register: December 13, 2021
  • Prerequisites and Notes: Formerly offered as REL 351 (F.2019). Students may not take both RST 351 & REL 351.
  • Cornerstone requirement satisfied by the course: Catholic Intellectual Traditions & Moral Inquiry

Course Overview

This course will examine the growth of the early Christian movement during Late Antiquity. Discussions will focus on several important themes including persecution and martyrdom, monasticism and asceticism, the development and refutation of heresies (Gnosticism, Arianism, Nestorianism), and the creation of orthodoxy in belief, creed, and ritual.

This course fulfills the Catholic Intellectual Traditions or Moral Inquiry general education requirement.

Course Advantages

This course immerses you in religious writing and art from 500-1500 CE, a period of great theological diversity and artistic creativity. How did religious writers and artists — from monks to so-called ‘heretics’, from apocalyptic preachers to philosophically-minded scholars, from literary lay women to zealous reformers — reflect on God, themselves and the world? As you analyze and evaluate their writings and artwork, you will focus on the merits and limits of their thinking, comparing their distant medieval concerns to your own present situation. By translating yourself into the thought-world of medieval heretics, martyrs and saints, you will test out their ideas and consider how they continue to shape the modern world.

Additional Information

Faculty will contact all students after the Monday, December 13, registration deadline.

About the Instructor

Craig Tichelkamp

adjunct professor of religious studies
Prof. Tichelkamp (pronounced TISH-uhl-camp) has taught at Stonehill in the Religious Studies & Theology Department for six years, helping students to think critically about religion, its role in the world and in their own lives. His research is in medieval theology, but he loves to teach broadly in the theological and ethical traditions of Catholicism and its neighbors. Outside of class at Stonehill, Prof. Tichelkamp has helped with programming and educational initiatives through the Office of Intercultural Affairs for First-Gen and LGBTQ+ students.

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