The Reformation
Winter Semester 2007


Frank Luttmer
113 Classic Hall 7205
historians@hanover.edu


Course Description and Objectives

This seminar is designed to introduce students of the liberal arts to the sources and historiography of the European Reformation. It treats the Reformation both as a significant social and political revolution and as a defining moment in the history of Christian theology. Major themes include: late Medieval Christendom and the origins of the Reformation; the Reformation and Renaissance humanism; Martin Luther and the Lutheran Reformation; John Calvin and the Reformed Church; the Radical Reformation; the Reformation and the family; and the Catholic Reformation. In addition to increasing your understanding of the Reformation, the course is designed to strengthen your skills of historical analysis and interpretation and improve your research and writing skills.


Required Readings

1. Euan Cameron, The Reformation (Oxford 0198730934)
2. Alister McGrath, Reformation Thought 3rd ed. (Blackwell 0631215212)
3. Essential Erasmus, ed. John Dolan (Plume 0452009723)
4. Martin Luther: Selections from his Writings, ed. John Dillenburger (Anchor 0385098766)
5. Diana Hacker, Rules for Writers 5th edition (Bedford /St. Martinís 0312406851) - optional
6. Primary sources -- distributed in class



Grades

Final grades will be based on an evaluation of the following.

1. Two exams (25% each)
2. Research paper (25%)
3. Prospectus and class presentation (15%)
5. Class participation (10%)


Schedule


Jan. 10 McGrath, 26-38; Cameron, 1-19; Medieval Sermon Tales
Jan. 12 Cameron, 79-93; McGrath, 66-84; Aquinas

Jan. 15 Cameron, 20-61; Anti-clericalism
Jan. 17 Cameron, 61-78; Rolle; Kempis
Jan. 19 McGrath, 1-25; Cameron, 293-313, 339-49

Jan. 22 Cameron, 99-110; Luther, 42-52, 403-431
Jan. 24 Cameron, 168-193; Luther, 3-12
Jan. 26 McGrath, 39-65; Erasmus

Jan. 29 Erasmus, 94-138
Jan. 31 Erasmus, 138-173
Feb. 2 Erasmus, 24--61

Feb. 5 Erasmus, 61-93
Feb. 7 McGrath, 101-44
Feb. 9 Cameron, 97, 111-135; Luther, 13-41

Feb. 12 Luther, 52-96
Feb. 14 Luther, 99-115, 139-165
Feb. 16 Mid-term exam

Feb. 19 Cameron, 186-193; Erasmus (distributed in class); Luther, 166-175
Feb. 21 Luther, 175-203
Feb. 23 Calvin 1

Mar. 5 Cameron, 136-144; McGrath, 145-168
Mar. 7 Cameron, 156-167; McGrath, 169-196; Calvin 2
Mar. 9 Cameron, 145-155; McGrath, 197-218; Luther, 240-248; Calvin, Institutes (London, 1587), 336v-337r (IV.i.1)

Mar. 12 Cameron, 151-5; McGrath, 219-234; Luther, 363-402
Mar. 14 Cameron, 197-226, 239-261, 267-272
Mar. 16 Cameron, 317-338; Schleitheim Confession; Michael Sattler's Trial

Mar. 19 Presentations; Prospectus Due
Mar. 21 Presentations
Mar. 23 Presentations

Mar. 26 Presentations
Mar. 28 Cameron, 389-422; Gifford
Mar. 30 Gifford

Apr. 2 Gifford
Apr. 4 Gifford
Apr. 6 A HREF="art/346art.html">Art

Apr. 9 Music
Apr. 11 Music
Apr. 13 Review; Research Paper Due

Apr 16-20 Exam Week

Apr. 16
Art; Music

April 21
Final Exam
Final Draft of Research Paper Due




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