This unit examines religious revolutions in sixteenth-century Europe. It explores the extraordinary development of European religious cultures, tracing the influence of Lutherans, Anglicans, Calvinists, and radical Protestants, as well as Catholic reforms and responses. The theologies and practices of these groups will be considered in relation to contemporary politics and popular culture. The unit begins with an examination of late medieval theology and piety and ends with the impact of reform in times and places beyond sixteenth-century Europe.

Unit code: CH2709T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate basic knowledge of the major theological issues of sixteenth-century reform movements


Assess the relative significance of the major historical precursors to the Reformation


Analyse a range of early modern historical sources


Identify causes of division in the sixteenth-century western Church and their contemporary resonances in the life of Australian Anglican communities


Online guided readings, tutorial forums

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cameron, Euan. The European Reformation. 2nd ed. Oxford: Clarendon, 2012.
  • Hillebrand, Hans, ed. The Protestant Reformation, Harper Perennial, 2009.
  • Jones, M. D. W. The Counter-Reformation: Religion and Society in Early Modern Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
  • Lindberg, Carter, ed. The European Reformations Sourcebook. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000. (recommended for purchase)
  • Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. Oxford: Blackwell, 1996.
  • MacCulloch, Diarmaid. Thomas Cranmer: A Life. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.
  • MacCulloch, Diarmaid. The Reformation. London: Penguin, 2003.
  • Matheson, Peter. The Imaginative World of the Reformation. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000.
  • McGrath, Alister. Reformation Thought: An Introduction. Rev. ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.
  • Ozment, S. Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution. New York: Image, 1993.
  • Scribner, Robert. The Reformation in National Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay (2,500 words)

2500 50.0

Journal on weekly tutorial topics (1000 words total)

1000 30.0
Document Study

Documentary analysis exercise (1000 words)

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100