Ready-to-Use Lecture: The Reformation in England and Germany: Politics v. Doctrine

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Grades: 10, 11

Subject: World History

Focus: To understand the deeply religious nature of the call for reform in the German Catholic Church and the importance of faith in the early modern world. Luther’s calls to reform motivated people who took religion seriously. The creation of the Anglican Church had religious elements, but was mostly a political event.

Outcomes: Students will understand the primary concerns of Luther as a religious reformer. They will see the difficulties involved in a reform process and the reason for the institutional Catholic response. Finally, students will see the motivations for Henry VIII’s separation from Rome and its outcome.

This lecture is part of ABC-CLIO’s Ideas Worth Sharing series, a collaboration with leading educators to bring you ready-to-use instructional materials ideal for distance learning.