Lecture 10 - RELIGIOUS STUDIES 90A Professor Niklaus Largier Lecture 10 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC

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RELIGIOUS STUDIES 90A Professor Niklaus Largier 09/29/09 Lecture 10 ASUC Lecture Notes Online is the only authorized note-taking service at UC Berkeley. Do not share, copy or illegally distribute (electronically or otherwise) these notes. Our student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. D O N O T C O P Y Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course. ANNOUNCEMENTS I want to review where we are in the class; the midterm will be coming up next week. I sent an email informing you that there will be no class this Thursday. I will be sending sample questions for the midterm so that the TAs can talk to you about them in discussion sections; you can think about ways to answer the questions. The material will include everything we’ve assigned up to next Tuesday. It will not include material on “The Imitation of Christ”. The material on Angela of Foligno will be on the midterm; we will discuss it next Tuesday. The midterm will be closed book; the questions will be fairly precise and will allow you to discuss things we have talked about a lot. I will make it clear what I am asking in the questions. There should be 8 questions; you will have to answer 4 so you can pick ones that you are most comfortable answering. If you have done the readings and have followed the lectures, you should have no problem on the midterm. There are many ways to get additional information. The notes that are available for the class are marvelous; better than I could have done. They are very comprehensive. And you can listen to the lecture online, which I suspect some people do instead of coming to class. Student: This class is right after lunch, so I sometimes cut out early and listen to the rest of it online. LECTURE This is an issue that monks have often written about – the demon of the afternoon when people are in a lethargic mood and you give up the good intentions of the morning; it can get worse in the evening. It’s a well known problem. There are some funny texts where monks fantasize that the food might be better in other monasteries. It’s also a time when melancholy sets in – what we would call depression. You feel energized in the morning and have good intentions for the day; then you fail in the afternoon. I used to smoke; during the middle of the afternoon, the temptation can be great to light up. The Sermons of Tauler. Tauler’s sermons are fairly similar; he returns to similar topics and reiterates certain themes and motifs. There is an element I emphasize that we saw in Augustine related to living with the text. It’s a theme in most of the texts we are reading for this course: How do you live with a text that has such overarching authority? Augustine and other authors raise the question. You read the text and try to understand it and bring out its spiritual aspects; you do not just
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2010 for the course RELIGIOUS 21236 taught by Professor Largier during the Spring '10 term at UC Davis.

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