Religious Reformation and Conflict: First Examination
Your examination essay must be sent to my e-mail address
[email@example.com] by 3:00 pm, Thursday, 13 February 1997.
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
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