This course deals with the roots, development, and significance of the sixteenth century reformations in Christianity – Protestant and Catholic – in their social contexts. It also briefly outlines the early developments of some significant subsequent movements such as Puritanism.
- to provide students with an understanding of the major events and personalities, as well as the significant theological, political and social issues, that shaped the Reformation Era
- to explore (and ultimately appreciate) the different expressions of reform practiced by the various Protestant reform movements, as well as by the reformers within the Roman Catholic Church
- to create an awareness of the breadth and diversity of the Church, and provide a sense of “place” within the many church traditions
- to develop in each student an ability to assess documents and situations from an historical perspective