Luther and Calvin: Reformers or Revolutionaries?

Join us for the third and final event of our Advent Series, A Catholic Perspective on the Reformation, with a talk by Steve Weidenkopf on Tuesday, December 19 in the Lyceum. Refreshments will be served at 7pm and the talk will start at 7:30pm.

About the Talk

The standard narrative of the Protestant Reformation maintains that by the 16th century, the Catholic Church had become thoroughly corrupted. Only the heroism of Martin Luther and John Calvin saved the true Christian Faith from Roman greed and immorality. These men are portrayed as authentic reformers but is that the real story? In this talk, Steve Weidenkopf dismantles the mythical narrative about Luther and Calvin to show what they wrought was not reform but revolution.

Speaker Bioography

Steve Weidenkopf is a Lecturer of Church History at the Christendom College Graduate School of Theology in Alexandria, Virginia.  He is the author of The Real Story of Catholic History: Answering Twenty Centuries of Anti-Catholic Myths (2017), The Glory of the Crusades (2014), and The Reformation (2017): A Catholic Answers “20 Answers Series” booklet. His presentations on The Real Story of the Crusades, The Real Story of the Inquisition and The Real Story of the Reformation are available also from Catholic Answers.

Steve is the creator and co-author of Epic: A Journey through Church History – a 20 session parish-based study published by Ascension Press (2009) and the author and presenter of The Early Church, a 10 session program on the first 500 years of Church history also available from Ascension Press (2012). He has appeared as a guest to discuss Church history on numerous national Catholic radio and television programs including EWTN Live and Catholic Answers Live! He has given numerous presentations and seminars on Church History, marriage, family life, human sexuality, and theology to priests, deacons, and laity.

Steve served as the Director of the Office of Marriage & Family Life for the Archdiocese of Denver (2001 – 2004) and as an advisor to Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.  He was also an instructor for the Our Lady of the New Advent Theological Institute – Catechetical School in Denver, CO. He has his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College in Alexandria, Virginia and received his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in International Relations from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

Steve is a member of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East – an international academic group dedicated to the field of crusading history and is also a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Steve and his wife Kasey live in Northern Virginia with their six children.




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