Abstract: 500 Years of Religious Reforms

This summer, I will research various reformation movements throughout Christian history, including the Lutheran reformation, Calvinism, Anabaptism, Protestant Radicalism, the Roman Catholic reformation, the English reformation, and Methodism and the Evangelical Revival. My research will involve formulating my own framework through which to analyze each movement, tentatively as having a strong leader and grievances against the current system (institutional changes), being influenced by the cultural climate of the time, and possessing a unique and separate theology, or at least a distinct change in some significant tenets of the traditional theology. I will be conducting a primary literature review from each movement, as well as a reading of scholarly articles discussing the causes of the reform. I will also spend a week doing on-the-ground research into Martin Luther’s life in Wittenberg, Germany, where he nailed his 95 Theses in 1517, 500 years ago this October. Overall, the question I hope to answer for each religious reform movement is: what were the underlying causes of this reform movement, and how did it influence future movements?

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Public Health in Detoit: Final Post

When I only received 25 responses to my survey, I was really disappointed, but all of the excitement of my project came back when I started analyzing the results! Quoting from the paper I wrote, here’s the summary of my results:

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Public Health in Detroit: Part Two

When my advisor suggested back in March that I should have a minimum of 100 surveys, but 200 would be best, I thought that would be pretty easy, especially since I had a whole week in Detroit. It turns out I was a little too optimistic when I printed off those 200 sheets of paper.

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Public Health in Detroit: Part One

When I noticed in preliminary research on the city of Detroit that surveys and articles on public health were absent, I decided to make my project revolve around the subject in hopes of contributing to an empty area. I did not realize how challenging it would be to delve into a subject that has so few available resources, established research, and scholarly interest. This blog post is coming a little late, because I’ve been so busy traveling to Detroit, serving with the ELCA National Youth Gathering there and simultaneously conducting surveys, and then returning from Michigan to analyze the results of my surveys.

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