CH324/524 The Reformation in Europe and Britain
In this subject, we explore one of the most fascinating periods of church history. The key figures of the Continental Reformation, Martin Luther, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli are covered in detail, as well as the development of the Anabaptists. We also investigate how Continental Reform influenced central events in England and Scotland, such as the formation of the Church of England and the Church of Scotland. This period of history saw the development of some of the key doctrines of Protestantism: justification by grace through faith, the importance of Scripture as the basis for the life and beliefs of the church, different understandings of the sacraments, the relationship of church and state, and the importance of individual faith. The effects of the Reformation period continue today not just in the Protestant church but in Western society as a whole.
One Church History unit
Studying this module will allow you to get a clearer understanding of the development of the Protestant faith in general as well as of the roots of your own cultural and denominational context. From this vantage point you will be able to discern the backdrop of doctrinal issues more clearly and respond to theological challenges in your own context more effectively.
Assessment will consist of a major essay and an exam.
Required Text Books
Justo L. Gonzalez, The Story of Christianity, Vol 2 (2010)
John D. Woodbridge and Frank A. James, Church History, Vol 2 (2013)