Kenneth G. Appold

James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History

Kenneth G. Appold
History & Ecumenics
005 Tennent Hall

Phone: 609.497.3664
Fax: 609.497.7829

Kenneth G. Appold is the James Hastings Nichols Professor of Reformation History at Princeton Theological Seminary. Appold earned his BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University, and his Dr.theol.habil. from the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. Prior to coming to Princeton, he served as a research professor at the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, and taught church history at the Johannes-Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. His areas of interest include the history and legacy of the Reformation, the global history of Christianization, and the history of Christian ecumenism. He teaches courses on the Reformation in Europe, with particular focus on early Lutheranism, the Radical Reformation and the Catholic Reformation, the history of church-state relations, and the history of Christianization in the New World and East Asia. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Appold has served as co-chair of the Lutheran-Pentecostal International Study Group and is a member of the Lutheran World Federation’s ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox churches. His ongoing projects include co-editing (with Nelson H. Minnich) the Cambridge History of Reformation Theology, and writing a book on Luther and the Peasants.

Select Publications

  • The Reformation: A Brief History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)
  • Orthodoxie als Konsensbildung. Das theologische Disputationswesen an der Universitat Wittenberg zwischen 1570 und 1710 Beitrage zur historischen Theologie, vol. 127. J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck, 2004)
  • Abraham Calov’s Doctrine of Vocatio in Its Systematic Context Beitrage zur historischen Theologie, vol. 103. J.C.B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck, 1998)

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