It has been 28 days since my last post because I am buried in preparations for the new class I’m teaching, Medieval & Early Modern Civilizations, which historically covers an 1100 year period between the 5th and 16th centuries, and culturally covers Western Europe, the Byzantine East, Islamic Society, African Cultures, Central Asian Cultures, and Meso-American Cultures.
I have a decent background in the humanities, and as many of you know, a solid background in historical theology and intellectual history, which certainly gives me a solid edge over my students, but I am feeling a bit out of my element, particularly regarding mastery of the socio-political details. This said, I am learning more about this era of history and these various cultures in preparing to teach, than I would have if I was reading all that I am reading just for myself. Funny how teaching does this.
In wrapping up this post, I will say that this experience, as stressful as it has been, has been very rewarding in bringing greater context to my previous studies in theology and intellectual history. Moreover, I am learning alot about living one day at time, preparing for what is just ahead, and letting tommorow take care of itself.