General Objective: To help the students to acquire a basic knowledge of the facts, events and personalities in Church History from 1453 till 1789.
Course Outlines: 1. Reformation and Confessionalism: 1453-1563. 2. Luther’s Reformation in Germany. 3. John Calvin and the Reformation in Switzerland. 4. The Reformation in England. 5. The Catholic Counter-Reformation: The Council of Trent. 6. The Post-Reformation period: 1563-1648. 7. The other Churches. 8. A new Europe from a divided and contested Christianity. The triumph of civil absolutism. 9. Growing revolt against spiritual authority. 10. Christian life in a mundane Church.
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