2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the year Martin Luther made his 95 Theses known to the world, thus changing the history of the church, country, and world forever. In the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will be hosting an event to commemorate the Reformation in Washington, D.C.
The University of St. Thomas Libraries offers our users two databases that feature primary sources from the Reformation and Post-Reformation periods to help you study this period of history.
The Digital Library of Classic Protestant Texts is a collection of Christian texts from the Reformation and post-Reformation eras of interest to historians, theologians, political scientists, and sociologists studying the religious and social upheavals of the Reformation and post-Reformation eras. The database offers a constantly growing treasury of theological writings, biblical commentaries, confessional documents, and polemical treatises written by more than 300 Protestant authors.
The Digital Library of the Catholic Reformation is comprised of hundreds of titles written during the 16th and 17th centuries, and provides online access to hundreds of hard-to-find works, including papal documents, synodal decrees, catechisms, confessors’ manuals, biblical commentaries, theological treatises, sacred drama, liturgical works, inquisitorial manuals, preaching guides, accounts of saints’ lives, and devotional works.