April 25, 2003

Somerville, Robert Silver_nugget

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

This is not a review of Prof. Somerville, he is an excellent lecturer, clear and fair. That being said, before you sign up for this course, please be aware that it is heavily history based. If you love history, you'll love this class. For the most part it was names and dates, with little or no analysis of theological/philosophical/sociological undercurrents. Also, it only goes up to the Reformation, so if you want to learn anything substantial about Protestantism, the Enlightenment, or modern Christianity, you'd best go elsewhere.


The reading list is moderate, but contrary to what most people have said, it is difficult to do well on the quizes without having done a substantial amount of the reading. Even Somerville himself says that its difficult to do well if you can only regurgitate what he says in lecture. 2 quizes, final, one 1 page pass/fail paper.