In February the World Religions discussion group begins The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity. All are welcome to listen to and discuss this Great Courses lecture series by Prof. Kenneth W. Harl. Meetings are on intermittent Tuesday afternoons from 1-3 in the Beacon library.
Upcoming meetings will be Feb. 5, Feb. 19, March 5, and March 26th.
On Feb. 5 we will first discuss “Religious Conflict in the Roman World,” as an introduction to our sources for understanding early Christianity, particularly Eusebius. Then we will discuss “Gods and Their Cities in the Roman Empire.” More than serving a purely religious function, paganism supported the social and political needs of the Roman state, leading, in fact, to worship of the emperor.
On Feb. 19 we’ll discuss “The Roman Imperial Cult” followed by “The Mystery Cults.” The imperial cult fostered Roman identity across a far-flung empire. Mystery cults focused on initiation rites and ecstatic worship. As such, some have seen them as a bridge between Roman paganism and Christianity whereas others have observed that they have roots prior to the Empire.
Please drop by anytime or contact Lessie Culmer-Nier (973-593-0114 or email@example.com) with any questions.