Christian Monasticism: The Transforming of Civilisation

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Christian Monasticism: The Transforming of Civilisation

<p>Western and Eastern Byzantine Christian monasticism shaped civilisation throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia Minor through its spirituality, art, architecture, music, scholarship,

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Western and Eastern Byzantine Christian monasticism shaped civilisation throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia Minor through its spirituality, art, architecture, music, scholarship, agriculture and social welfare. In this illustrated course you will learn of the history of the monastic movement and how monks have lived. As well, meet some colourful abbots and abbesses along the way and visit some of the more impressive monastic foundations in different parts of the world, seeing their art and listening to some of their music.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Dalrymple, William. From the Holy Mountain: A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium. Flamingo, 1998.
  • Lawrence, C.H. Medieval Monasticism: Forms of Religious Life in Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Longman, 2000.
  • Mullins, Edwin. Cluny: In Search of God’s Lost Empire. Bluebridge, 2006.
  • Peters, Greg. The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an ancient tradition of contemporary spirituality. Baker, 2015.
  • Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church. Penguin, 1993.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Eastern Monasticism and Orthodoxy: Byzantine Monastic Foundations.
  • Rise of Western Monasticism – Benedict; Celtic & English Monasticism.
  • Benedictine Monasticism in High Middle Ages: the Age of Gothic Architecture.
  • Franciscan & Dominican Mendicant Orders & Dissolution of Monasteries in England.
  • Age of Baroque; Modern Monastic Movements.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Distinguish the differences between the origins and characteristics of Western and Eastern Christian monasticism.
  2. Describe how monasticism has influenced culture in terms of scholarship, art, music, architecture, agriculture and social welfare.
  3. Appreciate diverse spiritualities that have arisen out of monasticism.
  4. Identify a number of more significant monastic foundations in both the Eastern and Western Churches and explain their importance.