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Christianity 104 The historical Jesus Hagiographybiographical account that elevates the person in question to sacred heights Did he exist Did Jesus exist consensus is that he did there are other text that mention him he existed bc this movement existed do you allow yourself to view a religion different bc of your beliefs Jesus isn t so remote historically consensus that there is some figure it is questioned where it was ever a different person or not original Jesus figure kind of disputes argued during early christian history what is thought of as true that there was a figure that lived in Palestine born in 4 BCE grew up in Nazareth that he was a carpenter or stone basin began to preach at age 30 at age of 33 went to Jerusalem confronted the authorities and was crucified other figure Gospels used to tell who historical Jesus was written win the first century CE historical perspective of the trial before his death is almost impossible to prove the fact that he had a trial before the roman governor was hard to swallow historically bc trials by romans were for roman citizens Synoptic Gospels Matthew Mark Luke John harmony in the information that is provided written by actual matthew mark luke not sure original thesis in early 20th century says that there was a common Q source John is different bc its more like a philosophy and a theological essay ogos divine word logos means word Matthew stresses the role of Jesus as Messiah addresses Jews bc ofthe use of terminology draws parallels bw the life of Jesus and the life of Moses egypt Jesus being in the desert for 40 days Mark considered the simplest and most straight forward probably the first written gospel begins w Jesus mature ministry includes story that John the Baptist will be greater than him 40 day retreat into desert also included Jesus challenge to Jewish law selection of 12 disciples 12 important bc of 12 tribes begins preaching in Galilee Luke two more chapters than Mark addressing a nonjew gentile audience truly innocent gives lots of info on crucifixion John gives Jesus life cosmic significance Jesus is both the son of God and the Messiah son of God by divine word made flesh a lot like Paul Paul also called Jesus Christ Christos greek for messiah has lots of passages of where Jesus himself claimed that he was the son of God mark has no such passage presented a theology for the Jesus movement giving Jewish community the opportunity of salvation through Christ How does Christianity more from a sect to a church Jesus is thought to think of himself as a reformer not as a starter of a new religious movement establishes that there is common ground of Israelite heritage JC vs RJ one is not older than the other Luke s view disciples experiencing the holy spirit call to invite people to a new religion not a wider movement called to preach to fellow jews vs being a universal movement and call Galatians controversy of being circumstance 70 AD the temple destroyed becomes dangerous to be jew Paul often called the architect of christianity was not an apostle roman citizen and Jewish a roman elite comes from religious Pharisee background high ranking in political views originally persecuted Jews encounters light on way to damascus religion open to gentiles implemented works do not lead to salvation notjust about works but about actual works can get so bogged down in the works that you forget why you re doing it works do not lead to salvation correct belief does this is why Christianity is known as orthodox Wto contrast life in the spirit should be contrasted with life in the flesh a lot of people have blamed Paul on what is an unhealthy separation of spirit and flesh that one corrupts the other found problems with this the worldly can corrupt the spirit 13th century becomes implemented in the catholic church By 65 CE christian communities are all across the Mediterranean belt early churches were Gnostic Gospels gospels not within the Bible book to get good info from Elaine Pagels as ancient as the other gospels those in charge of what would and wouldn t be in the Bible set fire them someone who thought that they were important buried them and tried to save them Movie 10610 Jesus wasn t so out of the ordinary to the Roman society anythreat major or small was taken down the crucifixion is the sign of a warning many others were crucifie after Christianity was accepted as the man religion of Rome crucifixion was no longer practiced as a form of punishment the different people such as Herod are seen as completely bad in Bible but actually did a lot for Jerusalem 101110 Scripture Canon 1st of Sacred Writings Jewish testament 39 Christian testament 27 Canons E Orthodox 39 13 R Catholic 39 7 Protestant 39 of original Jewish Canon There were alternate canons created during the Christian Movement ex Marcion christian declare an absolute break with the jewish past writings and definition of the jewish God doesn t even share the same God angry vs pure love what would become the orthodox church protoorthodox rejected Marcion s idea at this time there is no dominate religion there was no official christianity as there is recognized today didn t know what the books of the Bible would be at this time tied tojewish history bc of legitimacy The christian bible today was implemented by Eusebius 300 CE Imperial Christianity when christian religion becomes the official religion of the roman empire sins become crimes christianity brings in the opportunity to become high ranking to move up in social ranking easier if you are a christian Constantine decriminalizes christianity recognizes the power and utility of christianity watching people who watched martyrs began to admire those dying gave integrity of religion no one else was lining up to die for their beliefs it was christians who began to volunteer themselves for death in the arena39s to take path of Jesus dying by trial declared suicide the ones who critiqued it most were the gnostics Constantine says that there will be no more persecutions just recognized it as a religion in rome accepts christianity as one ofthe religions of the empire because his mother was a christian never converted thought this bc of his coin one side a christian symbol the other side a pagan symbol Theodosius declares Christianity the official religion of the empire and there are not other religions beside it any more 4th centu rome was in crisis and the hope was that christianity would be the glue that would put rome back together again and it does this needed to be reflected in doctrine beiefthat Jesus was son of God and that he was the savior no other beliefsdebates beside at 318319 Arius vs Athenasius Arius high ranking from what is today is Libya son was subordinate to the father Athenasius from alexandria and egypt son and father coequal 325 emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicea finding out what the answer was was causing conflict needed a unifying doctrine when the Nicea creed was first writing the father and the son are of the same substance Arius was exiled as well as his views looked like this we believe in one God the father almighty holy spirit added later Constantine proposed the formula of one substance with the father was very involved in the debates although this wasn t the first time he became in involved in the debates but this is the first time to declare a settlement 335 Constantine sides with Arius and Athenasius is exiled 337 new emperor comes to town who orders the return of Athenasius 339 Athenasius condemned again 346 Athenasius championed again 356 Athenasius deposed again 381 hold another council first council of constineoval held to review the controversies sense Nicea finally excepted with the addition of the holy spirit 383 controversy finally ended Athenasius victorious over Arius The Trinity outlined by the council of Nicea Fatherhead of cross Son holy spirit one of the arms Holy Spirit other side of arm one is not the other together all three make up God stems from the debate of Christilogical debate how humanity relates to divinity Jesus 1 Docetism Christ was fully human and only appeared to be divine fully human 2 Adoptionism Jesus was a man chosen by God but not divine himself 3 Nestorian Jesus was two persons in one presenting it as though two different persons in one bod 4 Eutechynianism unity of Jesus nature to such an extent that the divinity consumed the humanity almost made him fully divine orthodox position was not even formed yet Orthodox opinion came at 431 CE at this time Nestorian was one of the most growing in ideas and acceptance condemned by the orthodox Council of Chalcedon condemned the Eutechynianism Council believed that Christ is one person in two natures but emphasizing that the natures are without confusion and without change and without separation view that goes on to represent the Catholic church but not the view of all churches around the world Nestorian and Coptic church rejected the Chalcedon view Monophysites Christ has one nature both divine and human all of this is what creates the different sects of Christianity this is what contributes to the early alienation of churches from each other also affected by political gain a battle for Jurisdiction regional authority 101310 Early Christianity questioned because ls christianity really monotheism how can God be three the trinityTritheism seen as a retreat from the jewish god a return to paganism pharaoh39s were also thought of the sons of gods so this thought was not new or the thought of not normal human conception and examples of gods dying and being resurrected how to defend same God but in different forms one thing with three natures water steam ice liquid one body can t be all these things at once composite unity from the many you can have one trinity can not be defended rationally something you have to accept by faith multiple manifestations of one God far jewishislam vs near christianity jewish tradition disenchants the space between man and God god not walking among men christianity reenchants God a god that walks among men islam disenchants god once more Development of other Christian documents generally the letters of John that help the early church draw a distinction between mortal sin and venial sin Sin and Heresy Mortal sin regarding a grave matter deprives the soul of god completely they must be committed knowingly intentional once guilty of a mortal sin go to priest confess and resolve Venial small sin not one requiring confession ex white lie 1 Seven Sins pride lust envy wrath gluttony averous angry sloth established in the 2nd century by Pope Gregory l 2 Seven Virtues wisdom courage justice temperance augustine given credit for putting them together four greek wisdom courage justice temperance three from the testament lovecharity faith hope An unspoken virtue in the mediaeval age orthodoxy conformity with orthodoxy not only demanded by the church but necessary for survival as far as the law was concerned nonchristians lacked certain rights that others had even christians who had different points of view european peasantry persecuted the most nominal christians did as little as possible to be considered christian thought that in there own homes they still worshiped pagans not close enough to get to churches everyday takes centuries for country side to get institutionalized to the church still seen as this latin american catholics nominal charge is a political charge to make it s this that allowed the church to go after communities within the church In the 11 century the burning of heretics was quite common needed two witnesses when accused came across the tribunal they were asked is there anyone out for you also given a chance to confess your sin and given a penance if someone kept charging you of being a heretic you were burned at the stake sometimes hanged if worst offender burned alive Various council decided for penalties 1 expulsion from the church 2 imprisonment 3 confiscation of property By 1184 Canon Law was in place carried out an episcalple exhibition go out and search for practices considered to be heretical and weed them out By 13th Cent 1233 Pope Gregory IX established tribunal established new patterns for inquisitions exhume the bodies from christian cemeteries bury them else where other than sacred ground Attacker may now remain anonymous don t have to identify self may go to death and never know who accuser was guilty until proven innocent those who confessed assigned very penances those who did not remained in prison until they discovered their heresy IN 1252 CHANGES AGAIN Pope lnnocent IX said that you could use torture to extract confessions allowed torture but did not do it themselves any civil server could do it but not the state now once you confess it s a death sentence to be carried out in five days In 1486 Publication of Witches Hammer written by two German dominicans authorized by church to seek out and irradicate witch craft in Germany women had a degree of autonomy in the home afraid that the women were teaching the children that the church was wrong in various aspects women tend to be the vessels of a culture 101810 Med Christian Theology Anselm 10331109 arch bishop of Canterbury distinguish between scriptural authority revelation and reason it is not enough to say that God exist because the Bible says it does this is circular logic find another way to confirm your argument then make it for Anselm God exist as a necessary being not because the Bible says so we are not necessary we are contingent our existence is based on something else creator and creation Thomas Aquinas 122574 Dominican from Naples today s Italy a teacher in Paris influenced by Islam philosopher lbn Rushd Averroes believed that Dogmas could ever be defended by reason 5 rational ways of proving God s existence 1 Cosmological Argument change or motion in the universe is evidence of a prime mover 2 God exist as a first cause patterns of cause and effect point to the existence of a first cause things don t happen by themselves there is an initial cause 3 nothing is generated from nothing things don t come out of a vacuum nothing can be created by a vacuum ExNihlo 4 Gradations of quality Goodness and virtue in this world only exist because there is a perfect and absolute goodness somewhere in the universe 5 based on plan or design the design of the universe is a sign ofthe divine planner universe itself is evidence of a divine planner our world is just a shadow of the real universe prime mover possible creator any motion in the universe is evidence behind a prime mover Protestant Reformation Jan Hus 1415 John Wycliff 1384 Martin Luther 1546 1517 95 Theses 1521 Edict of Worms 1529 Diet of Speyer Med Christian Theology Reason and Revelation Justinian closes the Academy in Athens a school of philosophy in 529 implication that there is revelation over reason reason is out of favor Dogma statement accepted or rejected can not be defended vs Doctrine statement of faith or belief that can be defended could be a thinker and jewish could be a scientist and a jewthis kind of thinking thrown out of whack during Med time Plato there is some force a first cause and it creates through emanation of itself universal mind creation emanates out sparks of divinity neither thinks nor does it consciously Aristotle a mechanical universe study the material world around you only in a material way there is an initial first cause perhaps but creation functions on its own doesn t need the creator anymore the clock maker is not involved in the functioning with the clock anymore basis of scientific thought today cause and effect didn t disagree w Plato just went further 1277 arch bishop of Paris condemned teachings of Thomas Aquinas method of how he gets to that point is the problem 1567 Pope Pious the 5th declares Thomas Aquinas the doctor of the church 1879 Thomas Aquinas doctrine made the official theology ofthe Catholic Church can be condemned in once century and accepted the next religious doctrine is not static like we were raised to believe Mysticism in Medieval Europe more prominent in the East Theosis that our souls are always longing for a unification with God sparks of divinity when we break off as sparks with God God became man so man can become God our ultimate purpose is to live and die and to be reunited with God the point of us being here for God to know itself to know oneselfin this model God doesn t know himself how do you know anything about yourself if you don t know what your limits are what you tolerate what would can t tolerate break of bits of yourself so you may become familiar with yourself creation may be seen as a mirror God becomes aquanted with love and evil and hate all the things we come to know through this life organized mysticism there isn t one school of thought of mysticism at its core Christianity personify God as a human form is a mystical statement in itself informal mysticism in Europe sainthood a human being has somehow transcended beyond others they have become closer to God intuition is something felt not seen as something to rightfully believe in Jon of Ark example of mysticism one believing in mysticism 102510 The Protestant Reformation John Wycliff 1384 englishman prof at oxford launched attack against the Eucharist that it actually becomes the blood and body of Christ taking objection to the literalism ofthis the Bible is the final authority exceeding that of the Pope attacking the power ofthe Pope and the intellectual traditions of Catholicism Jan Hus 1415 a bohemian scholar who criticized the church on similar grounds as Wycliff and was rewarded w burning at the stacks Martin Luther 1546 german monk catholic priest and a theology professor 95 theses 95 theses tacts his 95 these critics ofthe church that needed to be reformed on church door and invited all catholic scholars to debate these issues ex buying your way out of sin through the means of catholic clergy corruption of the true spirit of christianity that the church was a wealthy institution popes w children by mistresses protestant reformation causes the catholic church to back upwhy are they living in lavish homes when people are poor critiqued the priesthood itself even though he was apart of it that the priest was a mediator between man and God Two main arguments 1 salvation could only be won by faith and God s forgiveness catholic church emphasizes faith and works together 2 Pope is a false authority only true authority in christianity was the bible What made the Protestant Reformation possible ProtoNationalism Printing Press was able to be distributed to others literacy rates are rising above and beyond any other time in history at the same ime 1520 Pope Leo X demands retraction demand a retraction from Martin Luther 1521 Edict of Worms church council convenes in Worms in this edict the Pope declares Martin Luther an outlaw Exile in Wartburg Prince Fredrick hide Martin Luther here for political gain while at Wartburg Luther translates Bible from Greek to German ordinary people should be able to read their own holy text when emerged from exile he saw different things were in response to his criticism priest now wore regular clothing and called themselves ministers religious services in the church were being held in german not latin clergy that heeded his words began to take wives and Luther took a wife in 1524 1529 Diet of Spiers several German princes got together where they publicly declared their support for Martin Luther became known as the protesting princes aka protestant why is it important for people to want power in religion in their own regions populous represents the nationalization of europe every nation is secting itself with different beliefs and taxes are going through the church becoming state churches 16th Century Branches 1 Lutherans most popular in Germany in Scandinavia known as the Evangelical celebrate the Eucharist in the local dialect emphasize the important authorities are scripture and the holy spirit did retain a priest hood governed by bishops who could marry and only recently are women allowed to join became state church in Scandinavia means that church receives money from the state to support it spread through out northeast part of US 2 Anglicans spread by royal decree Henry the 8th died in 1547 announced that this is the new religion of state wanted a divorce and a male heir why he wanted to break away from the catholic church also because he had to send money to Rome starts nationalizing all church land in 1527 makes a formal request to gain request married his brothers widow thought there was something wrong with this Pope says no 1534 passes what is known as the act of supremacy it proclaimed him king and his successors king by parliament not by the Pope only supreme head in the earth of the church in england declares him king and head of the church and declares rights for his descendants Tomas Cramer arch bishop of Canterbury under one of Henry s sons becomes famous for cleansing of catholic church in the British lles removed all the sacred objects when it came to the Eucharist as a symbolic meal rather than a literal event Mary under Mary Thomas Cramer got in trouble he wrote a book called the Book of Common Prayer where he outlined his critiques with the Catholic Church Mary had him burned at the stakes for his heresy in 1559 Book of Common Prayer revised obviously not by Thomas himself her amendment was to enforce both the literalism and the symbolism of the Eucharist book of common prayer holds both of these views doctrines and practices not that different from the Lutherans in US not known as the Church of England known as the Episcopalian 1 Calvinists John Calvin lawyer and scholar was actually ruler of Geneva for a time ruled Geneva in strict conformity with doctrine and conduct wrote institutes of the Christian religion 1 God is omintiant and omipitant everything thing is pre destined 2 Humans are dependent on divine grace and unable to achieve salvation was decided before you were born all predestined 3 like Luther all authority was in the Bible Scripturally bound spread to France Hungry and Scotland as well as US Presbyterian large population in South Korea approaching upon Buddhism and New Zealand and South Africa Anabaptists forms out of Calvinism antiestablishment underground church replacing the trained clergy ofthe church with a lay clergy main figure Menno Simms menno simms began advocating in other worldly approaches turn your back on confrontations pursue good don t engage in worldly confrontations with the state ex Amish huge variations of this as well Unitarians reject the trinity called humanist movement lots of professors belong to unitarian churches Max Webber wrote The Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism to change the here and the now 102710 17th Cent Prot Denominations Congregationalists like Calvinist in doctrine different in how they have authority in the church have what is called the Priesthood of all Believers every congregation has the authority to determine its own theology and constitutional affairs founded Harvard and Yale to educate the future generations in theology Baptists believe in adult baptism baptizing children in their infancy it is ridiculous when you can make the decision for yourself share a lot in common with the puritans Roger Williams dies in 1683 was banished from Maas in 1636 for arguing that the courts have no rights to intervene in religious matters founded Rhode Island as a haven for religious freedom large growth in Baptist faith during Great Awakening 1743 three out of every four african americans were baptist because it appealed to them because they were able to make their own decisions Quakers established by George Fox 1691 had spiritual epiphany and claimed that that kind of spiritualism couldn t be found in the church didn t call themselves Quaker given to them by Judge Bennet quake before the lord not called quakers today 1682 establish Pennsylvania by Penn were famous for the extent of humanitarian work that they do congregation has a period of silence until the spirit motivates one of them to speak not a rational thing we get so caught up in rituals that there is no spirituality in it when they do speak it s calmly and rationally they are suspicious of power and authority being exhibited in society look inward instead outward for self 18th Century Methodist John Wesley those who call themselves weslians tend to be more fundamentalist John was at time a Anglican wanted a systematic and methodological approach to the Bible argues that everyone will interpret bible in different ways and then there would be no unity in the church if you don t know how to approach the bible correctly then it can be dangerous books of revelation can be taken in the wrong way methodist under John Wesley promote a method for reading the Bible How the Catholic Church began responding to the protestant reformation Council of Trent meet three times under the leadership under three different popes goal was to bring back those who had left the catholic church seven sacraments eucharist was still believe to be a literal event affirmed existence of purgatory and the necessity ofthe priest hood salvation had to be obtained by works and faith issued decrees in favor of relishes and virgin Marry tradition was coequal to scripture as a source of spiritual knowledge only authority that has the right to interpret the bible was the church what they did change required episcopal residence making sure that bishops and priest are where they are supposed to be went back for period in seminary training initiated a movement to reform certain monastic seminaries that had somewhat changed attendance to these meetings was scarce this council did help start a movement within Catholic clergy to start a movement for reform 15451563 Vatican l 18691870 established introduced the concept of papal infallibility the pope is free of error augustines doctrines become official in the church Vatican II 19621965 latin was replaced with language spoken as the language of the mass officiating priest faced his congregation transubstantiation held on to the wine and bread becoming the blood and body modernized the way that nuns and priest dressed concept of papal infallibility still kept but formed a council to help him with his decision making process celibacy of priesthood retained not till 13th century that celibacy became enforced 1639quot Century Branches Lutherans Most popular in Germany and Scandinavia 0 Called evangelical church in Scandinavia Known for Celebration of Eucharist in the vernacular Stress authority of scripture and holy spirit together Retain a priesthood governed by bishops who could marry Recently have begun to ordain women Becomes the state church in Scandinavia and Germany Means it receives state leveed taxes 0 Spreads to North America through migration Anglicans Spread by royal decree Protestantism is not spontaneously popular but Henry VIII made it the state religion 3900000 0 Catholic church is the richest institution at this time 0 Henry wanted that wealth and also an annulment He beings nationalizing all church lands 0 1527 there39s a formal request for a divorce Says that he couldn39t possibly rightfully stay married to his dead brother39s wife After the pope had already given him permission to do so Pope Clement V refuses 0 1533 He goes ahead and marries Anne Boleyn 0 1534 he passes the Act of Supremacy which establishes him as the quotonly supreme head in the earth of the church of Englandquot and also gives this power to his descendants Thomas Cramer 0 Archbishop of Canterbury under Edward VI Henry39s son 0 Becomes famous for cleansing the Catholic Churches Purged the church of images removed candles and priestly vestments and interpreted the Eucharist as symbolic rather than literal 0 Under Mary39s rule He wrote The Book of Common Prayer where he outlines critiques of the church He is burned at the stake for heresy Tortured to recant views Tries to cancel his recantation at the stake 0 1559 The Book of Common Prayer is revised by British elite Reformed one important point Includes both versions of the Eucharist El Tries to appease both Protestants and Catholics Promote national unity in the isles Virtually all practices match those of the Lutherans Calvinists John Calvin 0 By training he was a lawyer and classical scholar 0 Reformation39s dominant figure For a time he was the ruler of Geneva where he established a moral Christian state Strict conformity to doctrine with special attention to conduct Institutes of the Christian Religion 4 basic points she only gave us three God is omniscient and omnipotent All knowing and all powerful Chooses predestination Humans are dependent on divine grace and unable to achieve salvation Predestined to have it or not Believed final authority was the Bible Movement spreads to most of Europe OODDD39OOO There39s an attempt to challenge predestination but it fails Fastest growing religion in South Korea Biggest centers are in New Zealand South Africa and North America Anabaptists break off from Calvinists Antiestablishment underground church in origin Replace trained clergy with lay clergy Founding figure is Menno Simms 0 Seen as next great danger 0 Violent approach to Anabaptists 0 Menno Simms says that you turn your back on confrontations with the state but focus on your group 0 Mennonites Reject the world and its establishment but also its technology Pick their practices at the peak of modern urbanism in the world Break between the traditional and modern worlds Unitarians Reject the trinity Called a humanist and rational theology Popular with scholars and the intellectual class Max Weber 0 Work on Protestantism called The Protestant Etic and Spirit of Catholicism Industrialization would not have spread without the Protestant Reformation Calvin decides you change your here and now You don39t delay your needs when you can work now to actively make something of yourself on earth


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