Tu/Th 12:30-2:00 106 Dwinelle Instructor: Niklaus Largier

According to the historical legend, Martin Luther posted 95 thesis about the reform of the Church on the doors of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. These theses, published 500 years ago, were quickly reprinted, translated, and distributed throughout Germany and Europe. They are often seen as the starting point of the Reformation that not only changed the understanding of Christian teachings but also had a great influence on European culture and thought. In this course we read and discuss Luther’s basic writings, the ways in which he teaches the reading of the Bible, and his influence on the history of modern thought and culture.