RS 219A: Protestantism

Syllabus- Spring 2003

M/W 2:30-3:45 pm
SE 106


Raymond A. Patterson


JE 148


ex. 2427


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10-11 am
4-5 pm
11-12 pm
and by appointment

Course Description

RS 219: Protestantism is divided into three major segments:


An examination of the origins of the main branches of Protestantism in the Reformations of the sixteenth century, focusing on the important Reformers and the major theological, liturgical, and institutional developments of the period


A study of the Protestant experience in the United States, including the transformation of mainline denominations and the rise of alternative movements in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries


An overview of the issues and concerns faced by mainline Protestantism at the beginning of the 21st century


Required Texts:

Students should have access to a Bible. Iíll be using the New American Bible, but other versions are acceptable. The texts for the class, available at the bookstore, are:

Lindberg, Carter. The European Reformations. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 1996.


Other readings will be made available on Reserve. Students should search the library catalog for the reserve readings, which are organized by the title of the articles listed under my name. Select the title to see the folder number of the article. Please do not mark the Reserve readings when taking notes.

Class Requirements:

Regular attendance is expected of all students. If a student is unable to attend class, he or she should notify the instructor. More than one absence without the instructorís permission will negatively impact the final grade. Frequent absences will result in a failing grade. If students have a conflict with the time of an exam, the instructor should be notified several weeks in advance. Otherwise, students will only be excused for an exam for serious illness or a family emergency, confirmed by the Deanís Office.

Students should be on time for class. Arriving late or leaving during the class period can be disruptive for the instructor and other members of the class. Excessive tardiness will be reflected in a lower grade for class attendance.

Students will be evaluated on the following course work:

Mid-term Exam


Final Exam


Term Paper Project (Bibliography/10 page paper)


Class Participation/Attendance


Academic Integrity:

Students are expected to adhere to the Academic Integrity Policy established by St. Michaelís College and distributed to all students.

Class Schedule

(The instructor reserves the right to change the schedule. Students will be notified in class of any changes.)


Sixteenth Century Reformation


January 13

Class Requirements

Introduction-Christian Cosmology in the Middle Ages


January 15

Late Medieval Roman Catholic Church

Lindberg, 24-55

January 20

Martin Luther- I

Lindberg, 56-110

January 22

Martin Luther- II

Lindberg, 111-168

January 27


Lindberg, 169-198

January 29

Anabaptists- I

Lindberg, 199-228

February 3

Anabaptists- II

Martyr's Mirror

Anabaptist Teachings

February 5


Lindberg, 229-248

Book of Concord

February 10

John Calvin

Lindberg, 249-308


February 12

English Reformation- I

Lindberg, 309-334

Act of Supremacy, Elizabeth I (1559)
Acts under Elizabeth
The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (1571)
The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion (1571)

February 17

English Reformation- II

The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, John Knox (1558).


February 19

Mid-Term Exam


Protestantism in America


March 3

Society of Friends

Works of Interest:

Works of Arminius
Canons of Dort (1619).

Book of Common Prayer
Book of Common Prayer (1662)

The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)
The Westminster Catechism (1646)
Directory for the Publick Worship

Acts under Charles II
Royal Declaration of Indulgence (1672)

Toleration Act, 1689

March 5

Protestant Scholasticism
New England Puritans-I

March 10

New England Puritans-II

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
Sections I (Part 1 & 2) and  II 
(Library of Congress)

Also of interest:

New England Primer,
New England Primer
The Bay Psalm Book (1640)
New England Covenants


March 12

Great Awakening 

Works of  Interest:

Jonathan Edwards, A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections
Jonathan Edwards Homepage
Benjamin Franklin on George Whitefield


March 17

John Wesley and Methodism


John Wesley, A Short History of Methodism

Works of  Interest:

John and Charles Wesley

March 19

Second Awakening

Religion and the Founding of the American Republic
Sections III-VII

March 24

Frontier Religion
New "Revelations": Shakers, 


March 26

New "Revelations": Mormans, and Adventists
Romantic  movements


March 31

African-American Protestantism- Baptists and Methodist
Liberal Protestantism

African-American Christianity in the 19th Century

April 2

Holiness Movements

Fundamentalism, Pentecostalism, and Evangelicals

April 7

 Social Gospel

Walter Rauschenbusch, Social Gospel, 1908

April 9


Film: Elmer Gantry
Cheray 101, 6:30 pm

Billy Sunday
Billy Sunday Sermon

Aimee Semple MacPherson
NPR on MacPherson

Billy Graham

April 14

Developments within Mainline Protestantism:


April 16



April 21


Easter Holiday

April 23

Civil Rights

Optional Film: The Apostle
Cheray 101, 6:30 pm

April 28

New Trends: 

May 6


Final Exam

9-11:30 am