Latin West, Orthodox East
Knowledge & Values: History I
The greatest split of all has been that between East and West, a split exemplified by the emergence of two distinct Christian traditions: Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox. Beginning with the roots of the divergence in apostolic times and taking the story right up to the Council of Florence in the fifteenth century, this course explores the factors--theological, personal, geo-political and cultural--that caused the development of progressively severe and irreversible fractures with the Church. The result was the creation of two distinct "mother churches," which themselves have in turn generated the entire panoply of sects East and West, of which the modern spectrum of Christianity is comprised. Lastly, this course seeks to examine the quest for world-wide ecumenical dialogue, despite divisions of the past, which continues up to the present day.