This course is designed to study the evolution of ideas about miracles and the miraculous in western religious culture. Why did the belief in miracles become so entrenched in the religious culture of the west? What challenged that belief over the course of the Middle Ages and early modern Europe? How did the understanding of the miraculous emerge from the Enlightenment? We will read a series of monographs and articles that address the nature of belief in miracles in medieval and early modern Europe and the advent of more secular modes of thought. Ideally, this reading will provide a constructive background for your own research on topics that may extend beyond this period or European focus.
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