Why are we so fascinated by the reformations?
The very word “reformation” is shrouded in conflict, bringing to mind new beginnings, partisan church politics, and the dawn of a modern world vision. Indeed, when you hear it, you probably think of a single event—Martin Luther posting The Ninety-Five Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517.
The truth, however, is much more nuanced—and interesting—than that. Join award-winning historian, Prof. Christopher M. Bellitto, Ph.D., in The Reformations, a fascinating journey through Church history. Through 12 audio or video lectures, you will uncover multiple Protestant and Catholic reformations before and after Luther and the Council of Trent. Discover not only religious movements, but also the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of centuries that changed the world.
You will start by looking at the reformations in a broad European and even global perspective. Next, you will follow the Roman Catholic Church as it faced the Avignon papacy and then the Great Western Schism, when two and then even three popes competed for supremacy. You will then explore the theological questions raised by such figures as Erasmus, Luther, John Calvin, and Henry VIII, looking at the variety of ensuing Protestant reforms. Finally, you will see how religious wars transformed Europe and how Roman Catholicism rebounded.
The Reformations is an educational and entertaining course that will give you invaluable insight into the lessons and legacies of the reformations. You don’t want to miss this exciting learning experience.
We recommend the richly illustrated video version of this course.
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About Your Presenter
Dr. Christopher M. Bellitto is an award-winning historian, Associate Professor of History at Kean University, and Academic Editor at Paulist Press. He received a Ph.D. in History from Fordham University. He is the author of nine books and the co-editor of five others, and his writing has been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association. His books include 101 Questions and Answers on Popes and the Papacy (Paulist Press, 2008), Church History 101 (Liguori Publications, 2008), Ten Ways the Church Has Changed (Pauline Books and Media, 2006), The General Councils: A History of the 21 Church Councils from Nicaea to Vatican II (Paulist Press, 2002) and Renewing Christianity: A History of Church Reform from Day One to Vatican II (Paulist Press 2001). His articles have appeared in Church History, America, Commonweal, U.S. Catholic, and many other journals. A frequent public speaker and media commentator on Church history and contemporary Catholicism, he has appeared on The History Channel, NPR, CNN, and other radio and television stations.
Praise for Christopher Bellitto
“Christopher Bellitto is one of the most compelling and accessible Church historians working today. He brings together the skills of a journalist with scholar’s expertise.”
— Dr. C. Colt Anderson, Dean, Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, Fordham University
“One discovers in Professor Bellitto that all too rare combination of scholarly expertise and exquisite communicator. His lectures weave humor with erudition, prophetic challenge with passion for the people of God, and historical objectivity with deep care for the Church.”
— Dr. Elena Procario-Foley, Chair, Religious Studies Department, Iona College
- Introduction: Where in World History Are the Reformations?
- Catholicism Chastened: The Avignon Papacy and the Great Western Schism
- Catholic Reform Before Luther: Missed Opportunities
- Popular Piety and Humanism: The Devotio Moderna and Erasmus
- Core Challenges: Crisis of Authority in Religion and Society
- Luther and Lutheranism
- Calvinism, Anabaptists, and Radical Reformers
- Henry VIII and an Anglican Church
- The Council of Trent and Early Modern Catholicism
- Catholicism on the Rebound: Europe and Abroad
- Wars of Religion
- Lessons and Legacies of the Reformations