In this course, “France and Religion: The Big Picture,” we’ll focus on three main points:
- The thread of religion that weaves throughout French history—surprising given its reputation for being a secular nation today
- Caesar, Gaul, and the Galatians as the background of the fierce tribe that Paul would encounter and that led him to write the New Testament letter “Galatians”
- The Protestant Reformation’s ripple effect on France and its ramifications on not only that country’s politics and culture but even on the Founding Fathers in the American colonies
Here is a breakdown of the three parts (whose video recordings and handouts you will later have unlimited access to):
- Lesson One: The surprising thread of religion in French history—despite France’s strong secular reputation today
- Lesson Two: A discussion of Caesar, Gaul and the Galatians as we journey back in time to the height of Julius Caesar’s brilliant conquest of the mighty Gauls—ancestors of the Galatians, whom Paul converted to Christianity
- Lesson Three: The Protestant Reformation and its impact on the French Revolution
Who knew the interconnections of all these disparate threads woven into two different centuries? As we investigate the two centuries side by side, we’ll see how unmistakable their interconnection truly is.
Runtime: The total of the three lessons is 2 hours, 16 minutes.
Lesson 1 — 58 minutes
Lesson 2 — 54 minutes
Lesson 3 — 44 minutes
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