University of Texas at Austin
A lecture by Dr. Brad Gregory (The University of Notre Dame)
This event is free and open to the public.
The Protestant Reformation sought to renew Latin Christendom in the sixteenth century, but by introducing doctrinal disagreements linked to religion-political conflicts, it inadvertently made Christianity itself into an enduring problem throughout Europe. The efforts to resolve that problem included the redefinition of religion and its eventual marginalization from public life in the modern era; over the long term, a religious revolution led to the secularization of society.
Brad S. Gregory is Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame, where he has taught since 2003, and where he is also the Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. From 1996-2003 he taught at Stanford University, where he received early tenure in 2001. He specializes in the history of Christianity in Europe during the Reformation era and on the long-term influence of the Reformation era on the modern world. His most recent book is entitled The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society (Belknap, 2012), which received two book awards. His forthcoming book is entitled Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts that Continue to Shape Our World (Harper, 2017).