This advanced seminar treats the formation of Christinaity as an instituional power in relation to the Roman Empire. Starting with the Edict of Milan in 313 CE, which put an end to persectution of Christians, and closing with the Council of Chalcedon in 451 CE, which established normative Christian doctrine, we will move through this development in seven roughly chronological units.
After reading Prof. Kripal's Authors of the Impossible as a basic theoretical structure for the semester, this advanced archival research seminar will involve students engaging original historical documents contained in Rice University's archive on Paranormal Currents in American Culture toward the writing of a graduate or undergraduate thesis.
How did Christianity emerge as a new religious movement in the Roman Empire? Covers the history and literature of the first generations of Christians, focusing on Post-Temple developments, issues of authority and leadership, rise of regional forms of Christianity, and formation of distinct Christian identities.
Best known for analyzing domination and power, Michel Foucault shifts his attention to ethics and √Ę¬Ä¬útechnologies of the self√Ę¬Ä¬Ě in 1976. In this advanced seminar, we study and critique Foucault√Ę¬Ä¬ôs turn to western antiquity through his lectures and volumes of foregrounding resistance to power through religion, politics and ethics.