Friday, February 24, 2017

"Learning the Apostles' Creed: A Christian Mannes Bileeve, Lyric, and Sciences of the Heart" March 7

Professor Nicole Smith, from the University of North Texas, will be giving a talk on her research on A Christian Mannes Bileeve.  This text, a vernacular commentary on the Apostles’ Creed, stands as an exceptional example of a didactic text used by women religious to teach ecclesiastical doctrine. Most remarkable is, in comparison to other explanations of the Creed, CMB’s use of a variety of genres from example to lyric in its explanation of Christ’s Passion in Article IV: “Under Pontius Pilate, He suffered, died, and was buried.” At the most affective moment in the text, these lyrics and examples cultivate love and “kindness” in ways to reveal that “heart knowledge” (sapientia ) and “head knowledge” (Scientia ) are not mutually exclusive.  In this way, CMB stands as an exception to those other texts of affective piety and spiritual devotion that often, as scholars have argued, conflate scientia and sapientia.  The talk will be held March 7, 2017 in the Hodges Reading Room from 5-6:30p.m., with a reception to follow.  The event is free and open to the public.

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