Religious reforms and civil conflicts produced excitement, division, chaos, and horror during the European Wars of Religion. In this seminar, participants will explore the religious conflicts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the experiences of the people who lived through them. Participants will confront various faces of religious violence, from iconoclasm and book burning to executions of heretics and religious massacres, as well as the problems of peacemaking during religious conflict. The seminar also offers participants a chance to consider the difficult questions posed by religious violence outside the charged contexts of religious violence in contemporary societies like Bosnia, Kosovo, Algeria, Palestine, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
Seminar led by Brian Sandberg, Northern Illinois University