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Luther and the West

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 1-3 module

Course Syllabus

Abstract

In this course we will discuss the history of some ideas that have been hugely influential in the modern west and that were taken out to the rest of the world. The discussion centers on an extraordinary and historically important figure, a sixteenth century German man named Martin Luther. Luther is recognized today as the originator of many of the most significant ideas that continue to affect and shape who we as modern people are and how we see the world and ourselves for better and for worse.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • : In the first section, we will explore why Luther thought the Bible was the most important volume for everyone to have and read. Included here will be a careful consideration of Luther's anti-Judaism, which contributed to western antisemitism and some of the greatest horrors of the twentieth century. In the second section, we will talk about the idea of freedom and how Luther's understanding of freedom in Christ affected the way modern thinkers understood what it means to be human in community. Important in this section is the consequential contradiction between freedom and slavery in western thought and their co-existence in western societies. The third section will be all about the many complicated relations between religion and politics
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Знает основные этапы работы Лютера над переводом Библии
  • - Знает основы лютеранского учения о свободе воли. Понимает и может воспроизвести основные аргументы спора Лютера и Эарзма о свободе воли.
  • Понимает концепцию двух мечей; знает основные политические доктрины средневековья; знает ключевые идеи реформы М.Лютера
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Luther, the Bible, and Antijudaism
    How to Talk About Religion. Introduction to Luther and the Bible. Luther’s Translation of the Bible.
  • Freedom: Self and Community
    Luther and Freedom: What's in a Name? Freedom and the Individual Christ and Freedom
  • Religion and Politics: The Two Swords
    Luther on Vocation and Community Christendom and the Holy Roman Empire The Two Swords Luther and Church Reform
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking домашние задания
  • non-blocking тест
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.4 * домашние задания + 0.6 * тест
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Eire, C. M. N. (2016). Reformations : The Early Modern World, 1450-1650. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1241129

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Davide Cantoni. (2015). The Economic Effects Of The Protestant Reformation: Testing The Weber Hypothesis In The German Lands. Journal of the European Economic Association, (4), 561. https://doi.org/10.1111/jeea.12117