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Great Divide: How the Reformation shaped the Modern World

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500 years ago, Martin Luther’s protest sparked a revolution in religion at a time when religion was people’s prime preoccupation. Ramifications of this revolution extended into all areas of life - political, economic, and social. Class sessions will demonstrate how Western history’s Great Divide gave rise to free enterprise, democratic government, scientific innovation, and secular society. Lectures will be augmented by extensive visuals, since the Reformation also inspired a new approach to artistic expression.   

Session Topics:
Week 1)  Revolution in ReligionCharacter of Medieval Catholicism - Grounds for Luther’s Protest against Catholic practices

Week 2)  Reformation and GovernmentCatholic Monarchies versus Protestant Republics: English, American, Swiss, & Dutch

Week 3)  Reformation and Economics Traditional rewards for Financial Extravagance - Protestant Work Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism 

Week 4)  Reformation and ScienceInhibiting effects of the Catholic Holy Inquisition - Protestant support for the Scientific Revolution

Week 5)  Cultural ContrastsArt of the Reformation: Rembrandt, Cranach & Vermeer - Art of Counter-Reformation: El Greco, Rubens, & Caravaggio

Week 6)  Secularization of SocietyFreedom of Thought and Worship - Separation of Church and State - Social Ethics versus Religious Morality

Class Details

6 Sessions
Weekly - Tue

Lark Hall

Bruce Elliott 



Registration Closes On
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
1/23/2018 - 2/27/2018 Weekly - Tue 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Santa Rosa, Lark Hall  Map, Room: 2004 Bruce Elliott