This course examines the impact and development of Christianity as it emerged in the Insular World (Britain, Ireland and the Atlantic seaboard) in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. It follows an interpretive historical trajectory, uncovering the connections between proto-Celtic and pre historic Celtic culture, early European Christianity (Rome, Gaul, Spain), and the spirituality of the Christian East (Jerusalem, Egypt). Through recent developments in the interdisciplinary discourse among theologians, historians, archeologists, and a wide range of natural and human sciences, we will discover the spirituality of the Celtic-speaking people and those whom they influenced. While not limited to the Irish experience, the early Irish context serves as a focal point for exploring a theologically profound, often paradoxical spiritual vision. We will draw on primary and secondary sources, material culture, art and literature to explore the history and spirituality of Celtic Christianity.
There is no textbook for this course. All required readings are available on the course website.
Concordia students must register for this course in their MyConcordia portal. It is strongly recommended that they consult Concordia's class schedule prior to enrolling in order to be aware of any registration restrictions (see the notes). Once registered, students must then sign up for an eConcordia account to access the course material.
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