The New York City Lecture Series in Church History offers an in-depth discussion of consecutive periods in the life of Christendom each year from September through May.
The Roman Forum Lectures in Church History 2009–2010
Primal Assaults on the Medieval Catholic Synthesis
John C. Rao
(D. Phil., Oxford)
Associate Professor of History, St. John’s University
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All sessions will meet on
Sundays, at 2:30 p.m.
(See schedule below for specific dates of lectures.)
University Church of St. Joseph
371 Sixth Avenue
New York, N.Y.
The entrance to the Church Hall is on Washington Place, south of Waverly Place.
Subway: A, B, C, D, E, F, V to West 4th Street.
The Headless Christendom of 1270 A.D.
Holding the Fort–The 2nd Council of Lyons (1274)
Critiques of Reason & the Nominalist Advance
Mystical Revival: Orthodox, Heretical, & Apocalyptic
Turmoil Among the Franciscans
Papal Politics, Legalism, & Heresy
Special Lecture: Dr. David Allen White
(click here for details)
Philip the Fair Versus Boniface VIII
From Loss of the Holy Land to Attack on the Templars
John XXII & the Definitive Move to Avignon
John XXII, the Empire, & the Lay Spirit
Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio & the Revival of Letters
A Changing Aesthetic & Spiritual Environment
War, Plague, & Ecclesiastical Disruption
Byzantine Divisions & Crusading Dilemmas
(Followed by Birthday of Rome Cocktail Party)
The Avignon Administrative Machine & its Opponents
Sinners, Preachers, Saints & the Dream of Reform