500 Years Ago: Martin Luther and Church Reform

In 1521 Martin Luther, a friar and university professor of theology, had to appear before the German Emperor to defend his claims regarding reform of the Catholic Church; he was charged with heresy. We discuss Luther’s early life, his teaching and the impact it had on his views about Catholicism. We then examine why his ideas spread and led to the Protestant Reformation.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Online

SUGGESTED READING

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Luther’s background, entry into the Church, and growing dissatisfaction
  • His theses against Church practices and teachings and his early publications
  • His defense at the German Diet before the Emperor
  • How and why his ideas spread and led to a break with Catholicism

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Examine ways in which Luther’s background is relevant to a study of his ideas.
  2. Analyse his 95 theses: what was his critique of the Catholic Church.
  3. Examine the role of the Holy Roman [German] Empire in the way the Catholic Church dealt with Luther, and the way German nobles reacted.
  4. Analyse the factors that led to the wide circulation of Luther’s ideas and writings.
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