The Reformations of Christendom

History 165A

Fall 2014
123 Wheeler
Day & Time: 
TuTh 11-1230P
Christianity as we now know it has its origins in the European Reformations of the sixteenth century. These Reformations splintered an older Christian world into competing Protestant and Catholic confessions, and fundamentally reconfigured the political and cultural landscape of Europe. This course will focus on the long history of these reformations from 1500 to 1800. It wil address the innovative theologies of the period, and their impact on people, churches, and the wider society. And it will particularly highlight the connection between the religious events of the period, and the formation of modern political society. Internal conflicts between Catholics and Protestants, attemps to supress and repress religious heresy, efforts to impose Christianity on New World peoples: these bloody battles--we will discover--were key to the development of the economic, military, and political institutions, of modern governments. By understanding them, we will seek to understand the complexities of our modern world. 

Course Books

The Protestant Reformation by Hans Hillerbrand Harper Perennial. ISBN: 978-0061148477 Required
The Reformation: A History by Diarmaid MacCulloch Penguin. ISBN: 978-0143035381 Required
A Bishops Tale by Craig Harline Yale University. ISBN: 978-0300094053 Required
The Radical Reformation by Michael Baylor Cambridge University. ISBN: 978-0521379489 Required