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Monday, August 29, 2022

The history of the Reformation


I’m happy to announce that my newest online course is now available inside the Word on Fire Institute.

I’ve offered courses before on the Church Fathers in the ancient world, and Dante in the medieval world but the focus here is on a key event at the birth of the modern world. I’m speaking, of course, about the Protestant Reformation. When I was at Mundelein Seminary, we would discuss this topic at length in a course I taught on the History of Christian Thought. And it’s so important for us as Catholics to have a substantive understanding of the Reformation.

Over the next ten weeks, we’ll look at the history of the Reformation, the issue of justification, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and the ecclesial response to the Reformation in the Council of Trent. My hope is that you’ll walk away from the course understanding why it’s so important for us to understand the Reformation—and how to engage our brothers and sisters in Christ on this matter.

Go to to get started.


+ Bishop Robert Barron

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