Course Syllabus


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Course Description

Description:  This course studies the intellectual foundations of Protestantism, as well as the Catholic Reformation and the Radical Reformation, with special attention to the ritual practices of the various Christian churches in the 16th century.  This will allow us to move beyond strictly theological debates to the lived religious experiences of Christians in Europe.  We will place theological debates in their social and historical contexts.

Course Goals

  1. read some great books
  2. gain a firm grasp of the major theological positions of the Protestant reformers, as well s their Roman Catholic and Radical opponents
  3. continue developing the skills of critical reading, writing, and thinking

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Required Books

The following required readings for this course should be purchased:

Steven Ozment, Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution. Image; Reprint edition (October 1, 1993) ISBN-13: 978-0385471015

John Calvin, Calvin’s Institutes Abridged edition, edited Donald McKim. Westminster John Knox Press; (November 1, 2000) ISBN-13: 978-0664222987

Martin Luther, Three Treatises. Fortress Press; 2nd edition (November 1990) ISBN-13: 978-0800616397

Marie Dentiére, Epistle to Marguerite de Navarre and Preface to a Sermon by John Calvin (The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe) University Of Chicago Press (June 5, 2004) ISBN-13: 978-0226142791

Karen Spierling, Infant Baptism in Reformation Geneva: The Shaping of a Community, 1536-1564 January 27, 2009 Westminster John Knox Press (January 27, 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0664233419

Course Summary:

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