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Luther and Calvin: Following the Pathfinders


Program Masters
Field of Study History
Class# T/H-412

Martin Luther and John Calvin inspired and shaped the sixteenth-century Reformation as no one else. Their theological, spiritual and practical contributions were both diverse and incisive. Through their extensive writings and practical reforming activity they challenged and transformed the medieval, Western church and society in profound ways. This travel seminar seeks to highlight the significance of each Reformer and to facilitate constructive dialogue between them and their heirs. Walking in their footsteps will foster an experiential encounter with the two men. Exploring their theological convictions and faith commitments will enhance that encounter. Various sites related to the Lutheran and the Swiss Reformations will be visited, including Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt, Eisenach, Worms, Strasbourg, Basel, Geneva and Zürich. Lectures by the seminar leaders, expert commentary by local guides, opportunities to read selected writings of the Reformers, and discussions of the readings and the events of each day will complement the site visits. Opportunities to encounter additional historical sites and personalities will broaden the experience. We invite you to join us as we explore our spiritual heritage and its significance for our life today. Please contact the instructors for a brochure.

Course can also be credited as a History course