F603 Spring 2019 Voices of Radical Reform
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Apr. 24–May 15
Instructor: John Rybicki
The Protestant Reformation, which by traditional dating began 500 years ago, is usually thought of in terms of Martin Luther and John Calvin and their reformed theology. Huldrych Zwingli, the Swiss reformer of the period, was considered too radical even by Martin Luther. But, less than ten years after the posting of Luther’s 95 theses, there were individuals who thought Zwingli’s radical reforms did not go nearly far enough. In this series we will examine a number of the individuals and movements of the more radical 16th-century Christian reform who shocked even the likes of Luther and Zwingli and led to unimaginable doctrinal and organizational fragmentation. Their ideas live on today with a number of pietistic groups who view a Christian response to the Gospel of Jesus in a far more simple form.
John Rybicki has diplomas in theological studies from both the Virginia Theological Seminary and the Antiochian Orthodox Church. He studied at St. George’s College in Jerusalem and received a master's of theology degree from the St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology, Balamand University, Lebanon. He has been a presenter at OLLI for over 20 years.