Westminster Seminary Videos on the Reformers
Who are the Reformers? That’s a much debated question in the last centuries. Dr. W. Robert Godfrey and Dr. R. Scott Clark of Westminster Seminary California teach about the reformers Theodore Beza, Philipp Melanchthon, Huldrych Zwingli and John Calvin. You can watch the videos online. Four videos are presently available:
– Theodore Beza: Dr. W. Robert Godfrey teaches about impressive French theologian and scholar, Theodore Beza;
– Philipp Melanchthon: Dr. R. Scott Clark teaches more about Philipp Melanchthon, one of the most unjustly neglected figures of the Reformation;
– Huldrych Zwingli: Dr. W. Robert Godfrey teaches about Huldrych Zwingli;
– John Calvin: Dr. R. Scott Clark gives a brief history of French Reformer, John Calvin.
Let’s see if they know what they’re talking about.
Not so much on Zwingli. Zwingli wasn’t ‘from’ Zurich and he wasn’t heavily influenced by Luther. But our presenter gets Zwingli’s intentions correct and he gets Zwingli’s serving as a Chaplain at Kappel right. I’d give it a B- were it a paper on Zwingli.
The video on Melanchthon is better. He’s got the Loci right and he understands Melanchthon’s aims well enough. He’d get an A. And an A on Calvin (although it’s not surprising that a Presby seminary Prof would like Calvin well enough to learn him thoroughly).
And finally, the Beza video… wherein the presenter says that Lausanne is ‘outside’ Geneva… well, yes… miles and miles and miles outside. In the same way that New York City is outside Philadelphia. This one gets Beza generally right but doesn’t really say much in detail. And its presenter needs a re-look at the geography of western Switzerland. C is what this one gets.