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This course has been very interesting. I have learned many new facts about the effects of political and outside factors on the workings of the Catholic Church, often forgetting the reason they were there was to serve the people.
This eight part course was wonderful, following on the earlier eight part course of Early Christian Church... Without getting lost in all the details of the complexity of covering international events over centuries, Dr Madden offers a coherent overview of the main drivers of the development of the catholic and orthodox churches. Always a "non-academic" type of presentation, interesting and intriguing. Can't recommend this course and his other ones enough.
This is my second course with Dr. Madden. I am also considering signing up for his next class. What I really like about Dr. Madden is his presentation. He could be sitting in my living room and talking to me and my friends. He doesn't appear to have notes, to be reading anything or looking at a screen, etc. It's like he knows his subject so well that he can just 'talk.' And talk with such ease about his subject and with us.
My only caveat is that I wish Dr. Madden could provide us with a reading list, books by him or others, notes, anything to fill in and cement the information he is providing. In both 8 week courses, covering long periods of time, there is just so much information to absorb that I also wanted something tangible to read.
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Dr. madden is amazing! He has told me so much about the Medieval church that I did not know! in fact he gives us time to ask him questions and I have heard so much, I just can't ask questions.Church history is a jumble of argumments!. schisims, heracies and man's inhumanity!
Well done as Dr. Madden's lectures always are.