HDS 2188

The Protestant Reformations

Michelle Chaplin Sanchez


The sixteenth-century was a time of unprecedented turmoil and rapid change in Europe, with aftereffects that would lead to the reordering of human life on a global scale. This course looks at how movements of religious reform both emerged from and played a catalyzing role in these dynamic shifts. We will look at various theological arguments—especially over faith and works, the authority of scripture, church discipline, ritual, images, and the sacraments—and ask how and why these arguments gained prominence in this context. How did these arguments draw from earlier bodies of theological and philosophical writing, and in what ways were they new? We will also attend to the diversity of these movements and the circumstances that caused them to operate differently in different regions. This course is intended to provide an introduction to Christian theology and to broader questions of religion, society and politics. It will also provide a critical backdrop for better understanding the diverse characteristics of contemporary forms of Christianity. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Fall 2014
Mon Wed 11am-12pm
Rockefeller Hall Room 116

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Theology
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Christianity
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None