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HUM 209 Lost Gospels and Rediscovered Questions

Course Description

The discovery of the lost gospels continues to bring up new questions regarding the origins and evolution of Christianity. Aided by recent discoveries and ongoing revaluation of Christian origins, we will look at the impasse between orthodoxy and Gnosticism and how early neo-platonic mysticism, culminating in the work attributed to Dionysius the Aereopagite, offered a way out. See how the "first" scientific revolution, the Western church's confrontation with scientific Greek thought, influenced Christianity's evolution and see how the lost gospels have become iconic expressions of a previously curtailed discussion. The course will touch on the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the Enlightenment, liberation and philosophical theology, meditation and contemplative prayer, mystical theology and cross-cultural reflections as exemplified by the ideas of Raimundo Panikkar.

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