The World Religions discussion group meets on intermittent Tuesdays at 1:00 in the library. This fall we will finish viewing and discussing The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity, a Great Courses class.
In November we will finish viewing and discussing The Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity, a Great Courses class.
On November 5, we will see how pagans tried to develop a new literature to defend their old faith, but how by the middle of the 5th century Christianity had decisively won out throughout the Empire. With Christianity more secure, new developments of asceticism and monasticism arose.
On November 19, we will see the end of paganism, beginning with Theodosius I who in 391-392 C.E banned the open practice of traditional pagan worship. A century later Justinian conducted numerous reforms, called councils, and fully suppressed paganism, thereby completing the conversion of the Empire to Christianity. Christianity persisted, even though Justinian’s empire soon disintegrated.
On December 10, please plan to join the group as we begin a new course entitled Comparative Religion, by Prof. Charles Kimball. Questions? Please contact Lessie Culmer-Nier (973-593-0114 or email@example.com)