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: CH9700T

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Identify the major theological issues of sixteenth-century reform movements


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


Critically analyse a range of early modern historical sources


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


Engage with and critically assess the historiographical debates on the causes and extent of the Reformation

Unit sequence

Prerequisite: 1 unit of Church History at foundational level


Lectures, tutorials, online materials

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.
  • Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. Oxford: Blackwell, 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.
  • Mortimer, S. Reformation, Resistance, and Reason of State (1517-1625). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021.
  • Ozment, S. Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution. New York: Image, 1993.
  • Roper, L. Living I was Your Plague: Martin Luther’s World and Legacy. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021.
  • Scribner, Robert. The Reformation in National Context. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Research essay on a set topic

3000 40.0

A reflective journal on at least 6 weekly tutorial topics

2000 30.0
Document Study

Documentary analysis exercise with a primary source text

2000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-27 15:06:30 +1000