Ce cours introduit à la vie et à la pensée du réformateur Jean Calvin (1509-1564) ainsi qu’à son influence sur le monde moderne et contemporain. La démarche proposée se veut critique, il ne s’agit ni de canoniser ni de condamner Calvin, mais de comprendre sa pensée avec toute la distance requise et d’en analyser les enjeux.
Au cours de la première semaine, nous explorerons les principales étapes de la vie de Calvin. Les semaines 2 et 3 seront consacrées à l’étude de sa pensée théologique et de son éthique. Enfin, lors des semaines 4 et 5, nous nous interrogerons sur la diffusion du calvinisme dans le monde et la pertinence actuelle de la pensée de Calvin.
This course is an introduction to the life and thought of the reformer John Calvin (1509-1564) and to his influence on the modern and contemporary world. The approach we develop is critical: we intend neither to canonize nor to condemn Calvin or his thought. Our goal, rather, is to avoid any rash evaluation in order to understand his thought and analyze the issues at stake in it.
During five weeks, we will explore together the life and work of the Reformer. During the first week, we will study the main aspects of Calvin’s life. Weeks 2 and 3 will focus on his theology and his ethics. During the last two weeks (weeks 4 and 5), we will ponder how Calvinism became a worldwide phenomenon and ask ourselves what kind of relevance Calvin’s thought may still have today.
Christophe Chalamet, Michel Grandjean, François Dermange and Sarah Nicolet
Well, this is one of the worst online courses I have taken. If you want to take a course in French you may feel tempted to take this course. After all, it is still very difficult to find MOOCs available in this language. But if you aren't sure that you can endure anything to improve your French, don't take it. For the course is quite a dogmatic one. The lecturers fail in being rigorous. Professors shouldn't be like preachers, far from it!
This is a wonderful opportunity to use whatever French skills IOU have to learn and discuss something rather than just going through all the tired old exercises you had repeatedly in high schol and college. You learn and can discuss what people think and feel . The professors and real French students have also been very patient with our nacentFrench language skills. I also thought the teacher is very broad minded. Sometimes in classes with a religious aspect you fear there may be a bias but this is not the case.