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Reformation 500 Syllabus

Deluge. That’s the only word I can think of to describe the recent outpouring of articles, essays, videos, events, and books on the Reformation. The floodgates (yes, now I’m just trying to keep the theme going) opened in 2016, with everyone gesturing toward the upcoming quincentennial. Americans seemed especially impressed,…

The Reformation As Historical (and historiographical) Problem – Part 1

Martin Luther broke the world. Standing before Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms, he refused to recant. In his refusal, he uttered words of momentous consequence for Western history. Perhaps already springing to your mind is Luther’s famous (and possibly fictional) declaration: “Here I stand.” Those were not…