Religious Studies | The Reformations
R713 | 3907 | Furey

R713  Historical Studies in Western Religious Traditions: Reformations
(Furey) (3 Cr.) M 4:00-6:00 SY 224

Confessional differences between Protestants and Catholics and between
different types of Protestants have been major features on the landscape
of western Christianity since the sixteenth century.  In this course we
will examine these differences as they first appeared in the Protestant
and Catholic Reformations.  We will explore the different ideas
participants developed about central issues in Christianity: salvation,
authority, history, and exegesis.  We will examine the opposing ideas of
various groups both as subtle variations on traditional ideas and as
sources for new forms of Christianity.  And by comparing the world-views
of sixteenth-century Christians to those of medieval Christians we will
focus on questions about continuity and change.  Did the Reformations
radically transform Christianity? Did both the Catholic and the Protestant
Reformations break with medieval Christianity in equally significant ways?
In what ways did these movements reflect similar impulses in early modern
cultures, and in what ways were they different reactions to different
historical contexts? The primary sources for this course will include
writings from earlier figures such as John Hus, John Wyclif, Julian of
Norwich, Marsilius of Padua, Thomas a Kempis, and Catherine of Genoa;  and
reform treatises and polemical debates from Catholic, Protestant, and
Radical Reformers such as Luther, Zwingli, Cajetan, Calvin, Eck, Erasmus,
Ignatius of Loyola and Teresa of Avila.