Date Cancelled: 
April 24th, 2023
Summer 2023
Start Date:
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 to Friday, May 19, 2023
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Schedule Notes:

This will be an intensive course meeting 4 hours a day May 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, and 19 mid-morning to the afternoon with a lunch break included. 


This course aims to cover a lesser-known yet crucial period in the history of theology and spirituality at the end of the Confessional Era and the beginning of the Enlightenment. It relates matters of historical context, the practice of church reform, the theologies of grace and attendant metaphysical positions which worked themselves out in distinct forms of spiritual practice, moral theology and political approaches within the context of the emergent “nation state”. The contribution of the bible in its new French translations,  as well as the works of Saint Augustine in particular will be considered and evaluated. The (disputed) reputation for a certain proximity to Protestantism and its keen focus on Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Pneumatology offer rich insights for ecumenical theology as functions in a more evolved modern political context. Likewise, the period’s experiments, debates, and reform in missionary and catechetical practice, along with biblical interpretation, will be studied in its relation to past and later developments in Western and non-Western ecclesial contexts.  The bulk of the reading will be in English translations and secondary material;  but students should be prepared to read approx. 20 pages in French material per week;  they will be supported and encouraged in this limited exercise.

Course Prerequisites
Competence in reading French