The History of Christianity in the Reformation Era : The Great Courses: Christianity

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Brad S. Gregory
  • Series: The Great Courses: Christianity
  • 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

It still takes a major effort of historical imagination to enter the minds of those who lived during the Reformation Era, who were willing to suffer martyrdom or martyr others for what we would regard as minor doctrinal differences. These 36 lectures are designed to take you inside the minds of those who supported the Reformation and those who resisted it. They cover the three broad religious traditions that endured or arose during these years: Roman Catholicism, both as it existed on the cusp of the Reformation and as it changed to meet the Protestant challenge; Protestantism, meaning the forms approved by political authorities, such as Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anglicanism; and "radical" Protestantism, meaning the forms often at odds with political authorities, such as Anabaptism. The goal: to understand historically the theological and devotional aspects of each of these three broad traditions on its own terms and to grasp the overall ramifications of religious conflict for the subsequent course of modern Western history.
Along the way you'll encounter the era's many influential figures, including: Erasmus, Martin Luther, Charles V, Henry VIII, Ignatius Loyola, John Calvin, and Menno Simons. Professor Gregory also raises questions that any student of the period must ponder. Was the late medieval Church vigorous or, as Martin Luther and others came to insist, horribly corrupt? How do the events of the Reformation reveal the shifting balance between religious and secular authorities? Did the Reformation succeed or fail? Ultimately, the long-term payoff of these lecture series is a better understanding of the relationship between the world of early modern Europe - and the modern world to which it gave rise.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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Fantastic series

It has been very enriching to listen to this set of lectures. Many dates and details are discussed in a coherent framework. It helps me to make more sense of the world we live in today. Context around historical events at the time is superb. It isnt merely about religion alone but how the political, social and social dovetail with religion. An strong lecture series. I shall be sure to listen to more in his series.
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A thorough learning journey

Excellent series of lectures, by a tutor who obviously knows and loves this subject, and in sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm, brought clarity to this most bewildering subject.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-07-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses