The Reformation

Field: Church History
Unit Code(s): CH2700T (Class based)/CH2709T (Online)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 2)
Delivery mode: Face-to face and Online
Prerequisites: 15 points of Church History at Level 1

This unit examines the religious revolutions in sixteenth-century Europe. It explores the extraordinary development of European religious cultures, tracing the influence of Lutherans, Anglicans, Calvinists, and radical Protestants, as well as Catholic reforms and responses. The theologies and practices of these groups will be considered in relation to contemporary politics and popular culture. The unit begins with an examination of late medieval theology and piety and ends with the impact of reform in times and places beyond sixteenth-century Europe.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the major theological issues of sixteenth-century reform movements
  • Assess the relative significance of the major historical precursors to the Reformation
  • Analyse a range of early modern historical sources
  • Identify causes of division in the sixteenth-century western Church and their contemporary resonances in the life of Australian Anglican communities.
  • 1,000-word journal on weekly tutorial topics (30%)
  • 1,000-word documentary analysis exercise (20%)
  • 2,000-word essay (50%)
Recommended Reading:

*set texts recommended for purchase

Cameron, Euan. The European Reformation. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 2012.

Hillebrand, Hans, ed. The Protestant Reformation, Harper Perennial, 2009.

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

*Lindberg, Carter, ed. The European Reformations Sourcebook. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.

Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996.

MacCulloch, Diarmaid. Thomas Cranmer: A Life. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.

MacCulloch, Diarmaid. The Reformation. London: Penguin, 2003.

Matheson, Peter. The Imaginative World of the Reformation. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000.

McGrath, Alister. Reformation Thought: An Introduction. Rev. ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

Ozment, S. Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution. New York: Image, 1993.

Scribner, Robert. The Reformation in National Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994

 Lecturer: The Revd Professor Mark Lindsay 
 Timetable: Offered in Semester 1 only.