Lee Palmer Wandel

September 15, 2016
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Thompson Library 165
Headshot of Wandel
The Don and Barbara Davis lecture in Christianity Series and the Department of Comparative Studies presents Lee Palmer Wandel "Reading Catechisms, Teaching Religion" 
 

In the sixteenth century, as Western Christendom fragmented, pastors took up the recent technology of print to teach, as Martin Luther wrote, “what every Christian should know.”  Catechesis was much older than the Reformation, and late medieval clergy had turned to printed codices to teach the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, or the Lord’s Prayer, but no council, no Pope, had decreed that knowledge necessary to be a "Christian."  In 1529, in calling for Christians to make their bodies the medium of the printed text, Luther named a new relationship among codex, knowledge, Christianity, and person.

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