The Reformation
Winter Semester 2004

Frank Luttmer
113 Classic Hall
M W F: 8:30-9:00 and by appointment
866-7205 (office) (502)454-8348 (home)

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.


1. Euan Cameron, The Reformation
2. Alister McGrath, Reformation Thought 3rd ed.
3. Steven Ozment, Magdalena and Balthasar
4. Essential Erasmus, ed. John Dolan
5. Martin Luther: Selections from his Writings, ed. John Dillenburger
6. Saint Ignatius of Loyola: Personal Writings, eds. Joseph Munitiz and Philip Endean
7. Other readings (distributed in class or linked to the internet)


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

1. Two mid-term exams (15% each) and a final exam (20%)

2. A Research paper submitted in two drafts (15% for the first draft and 25% for the second)

3. Class participation (10%)


Middle Ages and the Origins of the Reformation

Jan. 14
Popular and Elite Religious Cultures
McGrath, 26-38; Cameron, 1-19; Medieval Sermon Tales

Jan. 16
Salvation, the Church, and Scholasticism
Cameron, 79-93; McGrath, 66-84; Thomas Aquinas

Jan. 19
Challenges to the Papacy and Church
Cameron, 20-61; Anti-clericalism; Councils

Jan. 21
Contemplatives, Popular Piety, and Heresy
Cameron, 61-78; Rolle; Thomas a Kempis; Heresy

Jan. 23
Appeal and Spread of the Reformation
McGrath, 1-25; Cameron, 293-313, 339-49

Jan. 26
Luther's "Turmoils" and a "Popular Breeze"
Cameron, 99-110; Luther, 42-52, 403-431

Jan. 28
Conversions and Reaffirmations
Cameron, 168-193; Luther, 3-12;

Northern Humanism

Jan. 30
No class

Feb. 2
Northern Humanism
McGrath, 39-65; Erasmus

Feb. 4
Erasmus, 94-138

Feb. 6
Erasmus, 138-173

Feb. 9
Erasmus, 24--61

Feb. 11
Erasmus, 61-93

Feb. 13
First Exam

Theology of the Reformers

Feb. 13
McGrath, 101-44

Feb. 16
Cameron, 97, 111-135; Luther, 13-41

Feb. 18
Luther, 52-96

Feb. 25
Luther, 99-115, 139-165

Feb. 27
Luther and Erasmus
Cameron, 186-193; Erasmus (distributed in class); Luther, 166-175

Mar. 8
Luther and Erasmus
Luther, 175-203

Mar, 10
John Calvin

Mar. 12
John Calvin
McGrath, 132-44; Calvin

Mar. 15
Cameron, 136-144; McGrath, 145-168

Mar. 17
Cameron, 156-167; McGrath, 169-196; Calvin

Mar. 19
The Church
Cameron, 145-155; McGrath, 197-218; Luther, 240-248; Calvin, Institutes (London, 1587), 336v-337r (IV.i.1) (Special Collections and Archives Center)

Mar. 22
Political Theory
Cameron, 151-5; McGrath, 219-234; Luther, 363-402

Magisterial and Radical Reformations

Mar. 24
Peasants, Burgers, and Princes
Cameron, 197-226, 239-261, 267-272

Mar. 26
Radical Sectarians
Cameron, 317-338; Schleitheim Confession; Michael Sattler's Trial
First Draft of Research Paper Due

Mar. 29
No Class

The Laity

Mar. 31
Clergy and Laity
Cameron, 389-422; Gifford

Apr. 2
Magdelena & Balthasar
Ozment, 12-55

Apr. 5
Magdelena & Balthasar
Ozment, 56-109

Apr. 7
Magdelena & Balthasar
Ozment, 110-166

Apr. 9
No Class

The Catholic Reformation

Apr. 12
Catholic Reform
Lindberg (distributed in class); Loyola, 3-28, 58-62

Apr. 14
Catholic Reform
Loyola, 281-328, 348-358.

Apr. 16
Art; Music

April 21
Final Exam
Final Draft of Research Paper Due

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