Professor: Dr. Fritz Harms (USA)
January 28, Thursday (18:00-20:00)
February 4, Thursday (18:00-20:00)
February 11, Thursday (18:00-20:00)
February 18, Thursday (18:00-20:00)
February 25, Thursday (18:00-20:00)
March 4, Thursday  (18:00-20:00)

Place: Every participant connects to online live lectures (Zoom) from their homes. Registered students will receive the link.
Language: English, with simultaneous translation channel in Russian


Dr. Fritz Harms is serving as pastor (church-planter) of the Covenant United Reformed Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. He holds the Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Seminary in California and the Doctor of Philosophy in Church History from the Theological University of Apeldoorn in the Netherlands.
Dr. Harms is an avid enthusiast of professional soccer (European).


This course studies the Protestant Reformation in the sixteenth century with an emphasis on persons, issues and developments (historical, political, social and ecclesiastical). This five-fold course begins by offering the necessary historical context (Late Middle Ages, Renaissance/Humanism/Church Reform) to understand the reason and character of the Reformation. Next students are introduced to a selection of four of the main representatives of the Reformation period (Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and the Anabaptist Menno Simons). The course continues with an overview of the English & Scottish Reformation, and ends with the Catholic ‘Counter Reformation’.


This course assumes that the student has prior knowledge of the history of Western civilization or European History. The lectures are designed to introduce the student to the (Protestant) Reformation in the sixteenth century. Specifically, the students should be able to interpret primary texts sources, and correctly identify persons, dates, issues and ascertain their importance for development of the Reformation movement. Furthermore, students should be able to discuss and evaluate the message of the Reformation and relate this to the contemporary world-and-church situation. Finally, the student will give an account of the material studied through a final examination.


1) Class attendance

2) Required reading: Use either hard copy if available or use online sources printed below
– John Calvin’s ‘preface’ to his commentary on the Psalms.
– John Calvin: The Institutes of the Christian Religion (to be assigned in class)
– R.W. Godfrey, Reformation Sketches. Insights into Luther, Calvin, and the Confessions. (ca. 140 pages)
– Martin Luther: The Freedom of a Christian (27 pages) www.lutheransonline.com
– Luther’s Small Catechism [ bookofconcord.org/smallcatechism.php ].
– Lewis W. Spitz, The Renaissance and Reformation Movements (vol.2). pp. 411-440.4)

3) Final examination


In English/Latvian: janis@brts.edu.lv (Riga);
In Russian: reformatspb@gmail.com (Saint Petersburg)