Latest Thoughts on the Reformation
Thursday 30 March 2017
Oxford Martin School: Lecture TheatreVenue
Two leading scholars of the Reformation and the history of Christianity Professors Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch and Alec Ryrie talk about their latest thoughts on the English Reformation.
MacCulloch, professor of the history of the church at the University of Oxford, is best known for his 2009 BBC television series and book, A History of Christianity. He has recently published a collection of his writings on the Reformation, All Things Made New: Writings on the Reformation. It contains many of his thoughts on the evolution of the English Prayer Book and Bible and his reassessment of the impact of the Reformation on Catholicism. MacCulloch’s books include Thomas Cranmer, winner of the Whitbread Biography Award, the James Tait Black Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize, and Silence: A Christian History. His most recent work for BBC2 was How God Made the English in 2012, Henry VIII’s Fixer – the Rise and Fall of Thomas Cromwell in 2013, and Sex and the Church in 2015.
Ryrie is a professor and church historian at the University of Durham specialising in the Reformation and the emergence and development of Protestant beliefs. His new book is Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World, which aims to provide a global history of the faith 500 years after Luther published his theses. Ryrie says you will find Protestants defining the great debates on both sides of many of the great issues of history – from colonialism, slavery, fascism and communism to women’s rights.