Political Thought in the Reformation Era | Newberry

Political Thought in the Reformation Era

Led by Joseph Harrington. Six sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Thursdays, September 14 - October 19

2 - 4 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (by September 1): $210
Regular Price (after September 1): $231

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

The Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation didn’t just divide Western Christianity along confessional lines. The religious schism also led to fundamental reconsideration of the legitimate source of political power and a subject’s right or duty to resist that power. To coincide with the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, this seminar will engage participants in discussing the political thinking of leaders such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, St. Robert Bellarmine, Jean Bodin and others. Six sessions.

Joseph Harrington holds an MA in history from the University of Connecticut. He has led numerous Newberry seminars.

Materials List


  • Greengrass, Mark; Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517-1648; New York: Viking, 2014; ISBN: 978-0-670-02456-8.
  • A packet of primary source readings will be supplied as a PDF (free of charge) before the first session and in printed form at the first session.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read pages 1-37 of Christendom Destroyed.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.