The Early Protestant Reformation
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This course covers the history of the Reformation in its sixteenth-century context. It is based on an introductory college course. At the end of the course you will be familiar with the main events of the period and their larger historical significance. You can use the course to learn about the period for the first time, to brush up, or as a supplement to a college course you might be taking now. Feel free to pick up the lectures and quizzes on topic that interest you, or that you need to study.
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|Section 1: Course Introduction|
What is the Protestant Reformation and why is it important?
The Phases of the Protestant Reformation
|Section 2: Precursors|
Precursors to the Protestant Reformation
John Wycliffe -- Introduction
|Quiz 1||6 questions|
Wycliffe's Life and Thought
|Quiz 2||5 questions|
|Quiz 3||5 questions|
The Brethren of the Common Life
|Quiz 4||3 questions|
The Council of Constance
|Quiz 5||6 questions|
|Section 3: The Age of Luther|
|Quiz 6||4 questions|
Luther -- Faith and Works
|Quiz 7||4 questions|
The 95 Theses
|Quiz 8||6 questions|
Luther to 1520
|Quiz 9||9 questions|
Luther to 1522
|Quiz 10||9 questions|
|Section 4: The Reformation Beyond Luther|
Erasmus, Zwingli and Luther
|Quiz 11||5 questions|
The Radical Reformation
The Consolidation of Lutheranism
The English Reformation
|Quiz 13||6 questions|
|Section 5: Conclusions|
Overview. Where have we been?
David Halsted is a teacher and technologist with 20 years of experience in the private and public sectors. HIs research interest is in the intellectual and cultural history of early modern Europe, but he has also been a software entrepreneur and architect. Halsted has taught at leading universities, including Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he has worked with private sector companies ranging from small startups to some of the largest corporations on the planet.