To help the students acquire a basic knowledge of the facts, events and personalities in Church History from 1453 to 1789.
1. Reformation and Confessionalism: 1453-1563. 2. Luther’s Reformation in Germany. 3. John Calvin and the Reformation in Switzerland. 4. The Reformation in England. 5. The Catholic Counter-Reformation: The Council of Trent. 6. The Post-Reformation period: 1563-1648. 7. The other Churches. 8. A new Europe from a divided and contested Christianity. The triumph of civil absolutism. 9. Growing revolt against spiritual authority. 10. Christian life in a mundane Church.
Bainton, Roland. Here I stand: A Life of Martin Luther. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, 2016; Bettenson, Henry, and Chris Maunder, eds. Documents of The Christian Church. Oxford: OUP, 2011; Chadwick, Owen. The Reformation. London: Penguin Books, 1990; Comby, Jean, and Diarmaid MacCulloch. How to Read Church History. Vol. 2, From the Reformation to the Present Day. London: Crossroad, 1989; Cross, Frank, eds. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church. 3rd Edition by Elisabeth Livingstone. London: OUP, 2012; Duffy, Eamon. Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes. 3rd Edition. London: Yale University Press, 2006; Freitag, Anton. The Universe Atlas of the Christian World: The Expansion of Christianity Through the Centuries. With the collaboration of Heinrich Emmerich and Jacob Buijs. Hertfordshire: Anthony Clarke Books, 1963; Jedin, Hubert, and John Dolan, eds. History of The Church. Vol. 5, Reformation and Counter Reformation. Translated by Anselm Biggs and Peter Becker. London: Burns & Oates, 1980; Jedin, Hubert, and John Dolan, eds. History of The Church. Vol. 6, The Church in The Age of Absolutism and Enlightenment. Translated by Gunther Holst. London: Burns & Oates, 1981; Jedin, Hubert, and John Dolan, eds. History of The Church. Vol. 7, The Church Between Revolution and Restoration. Translated by Peter Becker. London: Burns & Oates, 1981; Jedin, Hubert, and John Dolan, eds. History of The Church. Vol. 8, The Church in the Age of Liberalism. Translated by Peter Becker. London: Burns & Oates, 1981; MacCulloch, Diarmaid. The Reformation: A History. London: Penguin Books, 2005; Matheson, Peter. Reformation Christianity. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2010; Metaxas, Eric. Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. New York: Penguin Books, 2018; Neill, Stephen. A History of Christian Missions. London: Penguin Books, 1994; Platten, Stephen, ed. Anglicanism and the Western Christian Tradition: Continuity, Change and the Search for Communion. London: Norwich Canterbury Press, 2003; Shagan, Ethan. Catholics and the “Protestant Nation”: Religious Politics and Identity in Early Modern England. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009.
Upon completion of the course, students are expected to identify and evaluate elements carried by popular memory and appreciate the positive and negative developments of different confessions; to assess the complex development regarding relations between Church and States; to examine the origins of long-term movements of ideas and practices, and still present in today’s world and the Church; to evaluate the advances and setbacks of evangelisation during these centuries.