Bruce Gordon

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Titus Street Prof of Theology, Prof of Reformation Hist, Div Schl and History and Religious Studies
409 Prospect
Fields of interest: 

Late Medieval, Early Modern Religious History, Biography


A native of Canada, Bruce Gordon taught at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he was a professor of modern history and deputy director of the St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute, before joining the Yale faculty in 2008. Gordon’s research and teaching focus on European religious cultures of the late-medieval and early modern periods, with a particular interest in the Reformation and its reception. His most recent book is Zwingli: God’s Armed Prophet (Yale, 2021). His John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion (Princeton 2016) looks at the reception from the sixteenth century to the age of YouTube of one of the defining works of the Reformation. He is the author of Calvin (Yale, 2009), a biography of the Genevan reformer, and the Swiss Reformation (Manchester, 2002), a Choice Magazine “Outstanding Publication” (2003). In 2021 he edited, with Carl Trueman, The Oxford Handbook to Calvin and Calvinism (Oxford). In addition, he has edited books and written widely on early modern history, biblical culture, Reformation devotion and spirituality, dissent and heresy, and the place of the dead in pre-modern culture. His most recent book, The Bible: A Global History will appear with Basic Books (NYC) in September 2024. 

Early Modern