Dr. Amy Burnett

 “The Reformation and Women’s Place in the Sixteenth Century” 

Martin Luther was chiefly concerned with the individual Christian’s standing before God, but the Reformation he started had significant social consequences as well. Luther combined a radical understanding of every Christian’s spiritual access to God with a more traditional acceptance of the social subordination of women. This paper will describe the impact of Luther’s theology on the status of women, focusing especially on the priesthood of all believers, the rejection of monastic vows and clerical celibacy, and his new understanding of marriage.
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is a Paula and D.B. Varner University Professor of History at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She joined the department in 1989.

Dr. Burnett is a specialist in early modern European history. whose research focuses on the early Reformation in both Wittenberg and Switzerland. 

She is the co-editor of The Companion to the Swiss Reformation (2016), and the author of Karlstadt and the Origins of the Eucharistic Controversy (2011). Her book Teaching the Reformation (2006) was awarded the Gerald Strauss Prize of the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference. She has also published numerous essays and articles on the early Reformed tradition more generally.