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TMHC 8028 Seminar: Saints and Sanctity (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar examines the Christian saints from the formation of the cult of saints in early Christianity through the sixteenth century, with some attention to modern saints. Topics include how to read saints' lives; martyrdom; why notions of sanctity change; the difference between popularly proclaimed saints and papally canonized saints; the significance of shrines, relics and pilgrimage; gendered notions of sanctity; and the extent to which saints might be useful for contemporary spirituality. Extensive discussion of primary sources.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Catherine Mooney

Prerequisites: A prior course in church history or historical theology is desirable, but not required.

Cross listed with:

Comments: School of Theology and Ministry course


Last Updated: 17-Feb-15