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Reformation Studies Cohort

Five hundred years ago, a young Augustinian monk changed the course of history when he nailed a series of statements that attacked the Roman Catholic Church. The world has been reverberating with shock waves ever since.

This cohort is designed to offer a broad-based understanding of the major theological disciplines in the MA Theology core curriculum, as well as a detailed look at the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century.

Whether you are a local student in Southern California or an out-of-state student seeking to improve your theological reasoning skills, Concordia offers a hybrid model of education that draws from the best pedagogical practices and applies them in an environment of rigorous debate and fruitful conversation.

  • Reformation Studies Courses
  • 9 Units
  • From Reason to Revelation
  • 3

This course examines the seismic shifts in epistemology that prompted the Protestant Reformation, from the rise of Scholasticism to the state of affairs in papal Rome. From there, the class will dive into the early theology of Martin Luther and its effects on 16th century Christendom.

  • The Politics of the Reformation
  • 3

The Reformation did not occur in a theological vacuum. This course will probe the historical context of Northern Europe in the 16th century, paying special attention to the way theology and politics shaped the cultural landscape. As support grew for the Reformation, so did the scope of the theological task in Germany, France, and England—each with their own individual political concerns.

  • Reformation, Reaction, Expansion
  • 3

The Lutheran Reformation had far-reaching consequences. The political, theological, and historical aftershocks continue to this very day. But what were the initial reactionary forces? This course will examine the variety of responses to the Reformation, from the radical reformers in Luther’s own backyard to the rise of the Counter Reformation led by Roman Catholic thinkers. This class will also evaluate the long-term effects of the Reformation in current theological discussions.

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