The Legacy of Christianity

For many, it is strange to speak of Christianity as having a legacy. In some cases, it is so obvious that it does that it hardly needs saying. In other cases, "legacy" implies that it is a historical artifact, which those who see it as continuing to be relevant would dispute. For still others, it has become irrelevant, and so its legacy is equally irrelevant.


In this course, I will assume that there is a legacy, and that this does not prejudge what anyone should think about its continuing relevance or whether to believe in any or all of its claims. Our interest in this course will be two-fold - what do people believe when they say they believe in Christianity, and how are those beliefs represented through art, literature, music, and philosophy?