History of the Reformation

The Early Church of the first 500 years was formative for Christian doctrine and ecclesiology. The Reformation of the 16th century was another watershed period in the history of the church, marking the emergence of Protestantism and the sparking of renewal in Catholicism.

The advanced unit History of the Reformation builds on the introductory platform of H7100 as it leads students to an analysis of the European Reformations of the sixteenth century as a development in the history of universal importance. It focuses on the leading figures, theological concerns and key events of the period, to help students to appreciate the complexity of interpreting events shaped by differing religious, economic, social and political contexts. It is an Elective unit and forms part of a Major in Church History within the Bachelor awards.


Study Level



Humanities in the Christian Tradition

Sub Discipline

Church History

Credit Points



H7100 Introduction to Church History



Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the causes and nature of the Reformation in Europe and Britain;
  2. analyse the theological and ecclesiastical outcomes of the Reformation in Europe and Britain;
  3. compare and contrast the various reformations in their national contexts;
  4. interpret primary historical and theological documents of the Reformation in Europe and Britain in terms of both their social/political context and their significance for today;
  5. apply lessons learnt from the history of the Reformation in Europe and Britain to an understanding of the main differences amongst Christian churches today.
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