Introduction to the 'History of the Reformed Church'

   » Debate platform to the basic course

» Lesson 1

Pre-reformation movements

  • Introduction
  • The New Devotion (Devotio moderna)
  • John Wyclif
  • Jan Hus
  • The Waldenses
» Lesson 2

The Reformation

  • Introduction
  • Huldrych Zwingli
  • Heinrich Bullinger
  • Further developments
» Lesson 3

John Calvin, the reformation in Geneva and the beginnings of the reformation in France

  • John Calvin
  • The reformation in Geneva and the Geneva Church Order
  • Other reformers
  • The beginnings of the Reformation in France and its developments until 1598
» Lesson 4

Reformed Confessionalisation in Germany and Upper Germany

  • Introduction
  • Martin Bucer and Strasbourg
  • John a Lasco and East Frisia
  • Bentheim, Tecklenburg and Lingen
  • Lippe - Rhineland and Lower Rhine
  • Siegerland, Hesse-Nassau and the Electorate of Hesse
  • East Germany
  • The Palatinate and Baden
  • The Huguenots in Germany
» Lesson 5

The origins and history of Reformed churches in Europe

  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Western and Northwestern Europe
  • Southern, Eastern and Southeastern Europe
» Lesson 6

Reformed confessions of the 16th and 17th centuries

  • The concept of the Reformed confession
  • Confessions from Switzerland
  • Confessions from France
  • Confessions from Germany
  • Confessions from Western and Northwestern Europe
  • Confessions from Eastern and Southeastern Europe
  • Forward look at the formation of confessions from the 18th to the 20th centuries
» Lesson 7

History and theology of the Reformed Church from the 17th to the 19th centuries

  • Introduction
  • Reformed orthodoxy
  • Theology of the Covenant
  • Reformed pietism
  • Reformed enlightenment
  • Formation of unions and denominationalism in the 19th century
  • The question of the connection between Calvinism and capitalism
  • The effects of Reformed Protestantism on culture
» Lesson 8

Reformed Protestantism in North America

  • Introduction
  • From England, Scotland and the Netherlands to North America
  • Puritanism
  • Presbyterianism
  • Congregationalism
  • Reformed churches in North America today
» Lesson 9

The Reformed Church and theology in German-speaking countries in the 20th century

  • Introduction
  • The emergence of a new Reformed consciousness
  • Karl Barth and the dialectical theology
  • The Reformed in the struggle between church and state in the Third Reich
  • The Reformed Church in Germany after 1945
» Lesson 10

Reformed Churches and the ecumenical movement

  • Introduction
  • The Reformed confession in the 20th century
  • The World Alliance of Reformed Churches and its responsibilities
  • Reformed churches in Western Europe illustrated by the Dutch Reformed Churches and the Church of the Waldenses in Italy
  • Reformed churches in Eastern Europe illustrated by the Reformed Church in Hungary and Poland
  • Reformed churches outside Europe illustrated by the Reformed Churches in South Africa, Ghana, Korea and Indonesia
  • The Reformed witness today)