Meet some of Christianity's luminary figures - the followers of Jesus who have practiced and preached their beliefs for centuries. Whether well known or obscure or even nameless, their actions and achievements, their abilities and energies have changed the course of history and the nature of belief.
These 24 inspirational lectures will inspire you by the many ways these figures found to live lives of faith. You'll stand spellbound in the crowd, listening to Bernardino and Augustine preach and teach. You'll visit the solitary cells and see the visions of Bernard, Clare, and Catherine. You'll witness the negotiations as Gregory VII and Leo IX reform the church. And you'll hear the verdicts of heresy against John Hus and against Martin Luther.
More than doctrine or theology or even prayer, Christianity, for many, is the daily effort to live one's faith in every time and place. Professor Cook introduces you to those who have done so over the centuries and shows the many paths they found.
If you seek your own path, their lives will inspire you. You will understand how Christians' faith has changed Christianity, and how these believers can help light your own way. And if you are wondering what Christians value and how they practice those values, you will see real lives that exemplify Christian faith in action.
Christianity didn't just change believers; it defined all of Europe, eastern as well as western, and set many of the world's nations on a course still apparent today.
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I have a broad interest in different spiritual traditions Andi found this course delightful. He brought out the human story of each person, with just enough historical and theoretical context to give me a feeling of getting oriented to who they were. I'd love for him to do another round and pick a dozen more Christians to discuss! More women, for example, and St Columba and Celtic saints...
Well researched, well presented, good, solid character presentations, good selection of people on whom to present the topic, very good development of some important, though less well known individuals in Church history, good explanations of the contributions and impact of each individual, very little fluff, and an enthusiastic presentation, as always, by Professor W. R. Cook.
This topic does not, and need not elicit favorites. The importance rests on the well-rounded presentation of all characters as parts of the whole picture.
As with characters, so with scenes. These questions may apply to novels, not to history courses.
N/A. Please do not ask the same questions about novels and about history courses.
Prof. W. R. Cook's entries in the Great Courses series almost never fail to achieve perfection.
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"Very interesting selection"
It has been illuminating to follow the sequence of people and groups in space and time. Well threaded together often compelling accounts of lives and teachings. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series.
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