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Calvin Launches Digital Research Center for Reformation Studies

Calvin Launches Digital Research Center for Reformation Studies

According to a Christian Newswire Press Release, Calvin Theological Seminary is launching "a research center devoted to developing digital tools, resources, and scholarship focused on the religious reformations of the early modern era, particularly arising out of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century."  The Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research "is conceived as a forum to promote research into the Reformation and post-Reformation periods, covering the 16th to the 18th centuries, through the use of digital tools, skills, and resources."

According to the news release, the effort started with doctoral students in historical theology studying with Richard A. Muller who in collaboration with faculty developed the Post-Reformation Digital Library. The PRDL curates thousands of publicly available digital sources related to theology and philosophy.  It doesn't host the content itself but rather serves as a scholarly database with annotated links to a multitude of sources representing over 4000 authors from the early modern era.  

The Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research of Calvin Theological Seminary will serve as the new home of the PRDL and will build on the success of that project to "serve as a catalyst for the development innovative digital research methods into the Reformation."  The institute is named for Franciscus Junius, a 16th century theologian who studied under John Calvin and served as a pastor and professor. 

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