The European Reformations, 1400-1700

The European Reformations, 1400-1700

The European Reformations, 1400-1700 THL132 (Bachelor of Theology) and THL419 (Graduate Diploma of Theology) is being taught at United Theological College in 2017 Session 2 by Damian Palmer.

This subject begins with an overview of fifteenth-century Western Christianity and society, emphasising the impact of scholasticism, Christian humanism and novel nationalism. It then explores: the reformations in continental Europe and reform movements within Roman Catholicism; the radical reformations, inquisitions and the plight of religious minorities; English and Scottish reformations from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I; Puritan influence; and the Stuart, Commonwealth and Restoration settlements. Consistent attention is given to the reformations’ long-term legacies and the broader context of the early modern world, as well as socio-cultural issues such as gender and sexuality, death, witchcraft and moral discipline.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the diverse political, intellectual and social contexts of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century reform movements
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the contribution of major figures in these movements
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a range of views on controversial issues relating to theology, sacraments and church-state relations
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the successive settlements of religion in Britain
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of minority religious movements
  • be able to explain aspects of Protestant and Roman Catholic thought, life and culture before 1700 CE
  • be able to assess critically historians’ interpretations of reformation church history
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of Christians who lived in different times, cultures and with different worldviews
  • be able to demonstrate self-guided and collaborative learning, including research, writing and communication skills

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:

  • the context of late medieval Christendom: tensions and crises in the Western Church by 1500 CE; Wyclif and Hus; Erasmus, scholasticism and Christian humanism
  • Luther, the German Reformation and Lutheran movements in northern Europe
  • Zwingli, Bucer, Calvin and the progress of Reformed Protestantism
  • changes in Roman Catholicism: reform, reaction and revival
  • the radical reformations and religious minorities
  • religion, society and politics in Britain from the Tudors to the Stuarts
  • Puritanism and nonconformity in early modern Britain
  • the character and consequences of the Elizabethan, Stuart, Commonwealth and Restoration religious settlements
  • the character and consequences of the wars of religion and religious settlements in Europe
  • patterns of life: death, gender, sexuality, the family and witchcraft in the Reformation period
  • the long-term legacies and worldwide impact of the reformations

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