2nd semester: Thursday evening                                                                       (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

This is an examination of the reform movements in the Western European Church during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with special attention to the interactions between theology and history.  Building on religious practice in the late medieval era, this unit moves through the major theological and political issues raised by figures like Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cajetan, examining in detail their theological positions, writings and the reactions which they sparked. This material will be located in its socio-political contexts to demonstrate the mutual effect of religion and politics upon each other.

PREREQUISITES: CH1001Y or equivalent

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2

  1. demonstrate basic knowledge of the major theological and political issues of the European Reformation
  2. demonstrate an ability to use a range of early modern historical sources, including written material and visual evidence
  3. engage with the key historiographical debates on the causes, nature and effect of ‘Reformation’
  4. identify causes of division and union in the European Reformation

Level 3

  1. demonstrate familiarity with the major theological and political issues of the European Reformation
  2. analyse critically a range of early modern historical sources, including written material and visual evidence
  3. evaluate and criticise the key historiographical debates on the causes, nature and effect of ‘Reformation’
  4. identify patterns and trends of division and union in the European Reformation

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: Document study 1500 words (40%); major essay 2500 words (60%)

Level 3: Document study 2000 words (40%); major essay 3000 words (60%)

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY *set texts recommended for purchase

Bagchi, David, and David C. Steinmetz, eds. The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Collinson, Patrick. The Reformation: A History. New York: Random House, 2006.

Dixon, C. Scott. Contesting the Reformation. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Heal, Felicity. Reformation in Britain and Ireland. Oxford: OUP, 2003.

Jones, M. D. W. The Counter-Reformation: Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe. Oxford: OUP, 1995.

Lindberg, Carter, ed. The European Reformations Sourcebook. Oxford: Blackwell, 2014.

———. The Reformation Theologians: An Introduction to Theology in the Early Modern Period. Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.

MacCulloch, Diarmaid. Reformation: Europe’s House Divided 1490-1700. London: Penguin, 2004.

McGrath, Alister E. Reformation Thought: An Introduction. Rev. ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1999.

Po Chia Hsia, R. The World of Catholic Renewal, 1540-1770. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

 

Lecturer: MATTHEW BECKMANN OFM