T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History
& Religious Studies, Yale University
"The Very Strange Case of Sor Maria de Agreda: Discerning the Gulf between the Protestant and Catholic Reformations"
Thursday-April 7, 2016
Minor Hall Auditorium, 5:15-7:00pm
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The life and writings of Sor Maria de Agreda (1602-1665) provide us with a superb case study to examine the differences between the Protestant and Catholic Reformations. A cloistered nun who never left her home town of Agreda in northern Spain, Sor Maria led a life that reified Catholic belief in miracles. Her two most extreme mystical claims involved bilocation and divine revelations: she was believed to have visited New Mexico over five hundred times, where she evangelized the Jumano natives--without ever physically leaving her convent in Spain--and she was also believed to have taken dictation from the Blessed Virgin Mary, who narrated a 2,800-page autobiography to her. How her claims were handled by the Catholic Church brings into stark relief the most profound differences in the registers of Catholic and Protestant thought during the 17th century.
This is the final St. Anselm Institute public lecture of the 2015-16 year: we hope to see you on April 7!