The World’s Greatest Churches; A Great Course tour through Christianity’s most stunning masterpieces of architecture and art. Beginning on Monday 09/25 and running from 6:00 to 7:00 pm for eight weeks. Led by Richard Davis.
If you are interested in the course because you want to better understand the art of Christian churches, then this is for you. If you are interested because you want to gain a better understanding of the theological and liturgical underpinnings of church architecture, then this course completely misses the mark. I wanted the latter and was sorely disappointed. Dr. Cook is an excellent tour guide but is not much of scholar of the theology of worship spaces.
William R. Cook, Ph.D.
Dr. William R. Cook is the Distinguished Teaching Professor of History at the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he has taught since 1970. He earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude from Wabash College and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa there. He was then awarded Woodrow Wilson and Herbert Lehman fellowships to study medieval history at Cornell University, where he earned his Ph.D. Professor Cook teaches courses in ancient and medieval history, the Renaissance and Reformation periods, and the Bible and Christian thought. Since 1983 Professor Cook has directed 11 Seminars for School Teachers for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include Images of St. Francis of Assisi and Francis of Assisi: The Way of Poverty and Humility. Dr. Cook contributed to the Cambridge Companion to Giotto and edits and contributes to The Art of the Franciscan Order in Italy. Among his many awards, Professor Cook has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1992 the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education named him New York State’s Professor of the Year. In 2003 he received the first-ever CARA Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Medieval Studies from the Medieval Academy of America.