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Religious Reformation and Conflict: First Examination

Your examination essay must be sent to my e-mail address [owenjack@fs.isu.edu] by 3:00 pm, Thursday, 13 February 1997.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

The abilities to follow instructions and finish on time are parts of this examination. Be sure to organize and type your essay in either ASCII (plain text) or WordPerfect 5.1 or lower. You may use other sources, but what you write MUST START FROM AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ASSIGNED READING. Make sure to cite the sources of any words, information, and ideas which are not your own (including those of other students). You MUST follow the instructions for the use of notes and for the form of notes and the bibliography of cited works that are described in the pages on PLAGIARISM and BIBLIOGRAPHY AND CITATION STYLE.

ESSAY ASSIGNMENT

Robert Markus claims, in his The End of Ancient Christianity (1990), that the book focuses on the central question, "what was the nature of the changes that transformed the intellectual and the spiritual horizons of the Christian world between around AD 400 and 600?" (xii). You are to write an essay in which you do the following: 1) explain what these changes were; 2) using the theoretical approach of Jeffrey C. Alexander, explain why these changes took place. Where possible, make use of the comparative cases Markus defines, but feel free to bring in any other comparative cases that will help you explain the changes that took place in the western Christian world between the ages of Augustine of Hippo and Gregory the Great.

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J. B. Owens
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Revised: 7 February 1997

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