Course Title: Contest and Controversy; Rome, Ireland, Early Christianity in the British Isles
Date: Jan 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, 2018
Time: 10:00 am to noon
Location: Mercer Library/Community Center
Fee: $30 with $5 discount if registration is received by Jan 17th.
Objectives: This course explores a fascinating moment in both the early history of the British Isles and early Christianity. Between ca. 400 and 700, a struggle ensued between the forces of “orthodoxy,” with its evolving church hierarchy centered in Rome, and the flourishing Celtic Christian tradition that emerged among the Irish and the Britons, which was to prove remarkably influential in the Christianization of Europe. Though Roman orthodoxy ultimately prevailed, the contest between the two Christian traditions was not finally laid to rest until the twelfth century. Or was it? The course will conclude with a look at how and why that Celtic tradition—or at least an idealized version of it—has survived through the centuries, culminating in a global ecumenical Christian practice that we know today as Celtic Christianity. Continue reading