Apse Mosaics, Santa Maria in Trastevere. © Lasse Hodne (previously published in L. Hodne, The Virginity of the Virgin (2012), reproduced by permission of Scienze & Lettere).
MF CASR Lunch with Philip L. Reynolds & Line C Engh
Marriage Symbolism in the History of Christianity
Marriage symbolism was omnipresent in early Christian and medieval cultures. Grounded on the idea of the union of Christ and church as a marriage, it pervaded theology, canon law, liturgy, monasticism, art, and preaching. Marriage symbolism shaped thought and practice regarding church relations and hierarchy, celibacy and virginity. It was evoked not only to shed light on the divine–human relationship but also to support moral claims about the estate of marriage and to show how marrying was one of the sacraments of the church. What can all this tell us about representation and about cognition in the Middle Ages? Can modern cognitive theories help us understand better medieval symbolism and representation? And can the medieval practices tell us something today about how the human mind works?
Join us for an informal lunch.
Between Rows 5 & 6