In terms of the progress of Christ’s Gospel through history, the period of time we call the Middle Ages, or Medieval times, is one of the most fascinating fields of study Christians can engage. For a long time it has been fashionable to call this period “the Dark Ages.” But Medieval scholarship for the past 100 years has demonstrated that there was much light in the so-called “Dark Ages,” much positive advance, and much excellent work in many areas of culture that formed many of the things we ourselves consider to be peculiarly Modern goods.
If we want to celebrate the Renaissance as the rebirth of rational thought and fidelity to texts (classical and the Bible), we should realize that the Renaissance would have had no classical Greek and Roman texts from which to derive the “rebirth” had not early Medieval Christian scholars saved them from the wreck of the Roman Empire, and had not Medieval monks given thousands of hours of their time to copying and preserving the texts. Without those labors, there would have been no Bible as we understand it for the Reformers to use in their reformation work.
Accordingly, studying the Middle Ages is an excellent way for us to appreciate the workings of God’s providence through history, to see the advance of the “stone cut out without hands” (Dan. 2:44-45) that is the Gospel and the Kingdom as they slowly worked leaven through the loaf and made the kingdoms of this world the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ (Rev. 11:15).
The format of this course will be: occasional short audio lectures, assigned class work due on seminar days, and two 1-hour online seminars per week. The course provides credits for History, Literature, Bible / Theology / Religion. The current course outline is as follows:
Required Texts (obtain from bookseller of your choice):
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Christ and the Medievals course alone – $450.00
Christ and the Medievals course plus grading and tests – $500.00