An entirely free seminary level course on the reformation, taught by Carl Trueman, has been made available online. Carl Trueman is Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. The course was taught in January 2017 at the Master’s Seminary.

Although the course is intended for seminary students, Trueman is very engaging and it is no doubt something that we would all benefit from.

Course Description:

This course will introduce student to the major ideas, personalities, and events that shook Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It will consist of lectures and guided reading.

The focus will be on the development of Protestantism in its social, political, and cultural contexts, starting with Luther and the late medieval background and tracing the story through to the birth of modernity in the seventeenth century. En route, the student will study primary texts, art work, Reformation popular culture, and pastoral practices in early modern Protestantism.

In addition, the course is designed to help students to think critically about the past in a way which allows them to think critically about the present. Men and women make history, but they do not make the history that they choose; and only by examining the past forces that shaped the present can we understand ourselves, the world in which we live, and thus mount any response to the challenges that face us today.

To access the lectures, please visit The Gospel Coalition,