Dr. Wiker on the Reformation Part 3

What effect did the threat of Islamic invasion have on the Reformation? Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “The Reformation 500 Years Later: 12 Things You Need to Know,” describes how Luther’s view that the Islamic threat was punishment from God for corruption all the way to the highest ranks of the Church led to a short term vision. Luther thought the world was about to end and thus he was not concerned with the long term consequences of his words or actions. This expectation was one of the causes that made the Reformation a great splinter event in the Church rather than a true reformation.

Dr. Wiker on the Reformation Part 2

The history of the Church shows that disagreements, heresies, and reformations were present from the beginning. What was it about the early sixteenth century that allowed the Reformation to be something more? Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “The Reformation 500 Years Later: 12 Things You Need to Know,” explains how recognizing the causes of the Reformation on both sides can aide greater Christian unity today.

Dr. Wiker on the Reformation

Why mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation? In this insight Dr. Benjamin Wiker, Associate Professor of Political Science and Human Life Studies at Franciscan University of Steubenville and author of “The Reformation 500 Years Later: 12 Things You Need to Know,” offers two reasons why knowledge of the Reformation five hundred years ago helps us understand our situation today.

Dr. Glenn Olsen — The Reformation: A Theological and Political Revolution

In this excerpt from his November 2005 appearance on Franciscan University Presents, Dr. Glenn Olsen, Professor of History at the University of Utah, discusses why certain political structures were necessary for the creation and spread of Protestantism.

Franciscan University Presents on EWTN