Christopher Boyd Brown

Associate Professor of Church History
(617) 353-3044
A.B. Harvard University
A.M. Harvard University
M.Div. Concordia Seminary
Ph.D. Harvard University

Dr. Brown’s period of specialization extends from the Renaissance through the Reformation and Counter-Reformation to the period of Orthodoxy and Pietism. His particular teaching and research interests include the reception and interpretation of ancient (Biblical, Classical, and Patristic) texts in the Renaissance and Reformation, and the relation between learned theology and lay piety in the Protestant and Catholic reforms in the contexts of home, church, and schools. His forthcoming book, Singing the Gospel: Lutheran Hymns and the Success of the Reformation, appraises the Reformation in light of the use of vernacular hymns to spread Lutheran doctrine and piety and to form Lutheran identity among the early Protestant laity. Dr. Brown’s church experience includes a year as vicar at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, Indiana. His degrees are in History & Literature (A.B.) and History (A.M., Ph.D.) from Harvard, as well as an M.Div. from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

Singing the Gospel: Lutheran Hymns and the Success of the Reformation, Harvard Historical Studies 148 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).

“Sixteenth-Century Midwives and the Lutheran Doctrine of Vocation,” in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics 4, no. 2 (February 20004):

“Early Modern Midwives and the Lutheran Doctrine of Vocation,” Journal of Lutheran Ethics (February 2004):

“Disputation on the Divinity and Humanity of Christ Conducted by Dr. Martin Luther on February 27, 1540″ (translation). Project Wittenburg:

“Some Weighty and Important Reasons Why Each and Every Christian, Whatever His Estate, Is Accountable and Obligated at Every Time, But Especially Now, To Make Public Confession of His Faith and Doctrine By Mouth, And If He Is Able, Also in Writing, by Cyriacus Spangenberg (Enfurt 1561)” (translation). Project Wittenburg:

“Formula of Pious Consensus among the Pastors of the Saxon Churches, Entered into the Public Record at the Synod of Mediasch 22 June 1572, by Lucas Ungleich”(translation).
Project Wittenburg:

Forthcoming Publications

“Martin Luther,” “Reformation Social Welfare,” “Edward VI,” “Jane Grey,” “Elizabeth I,” and “Great Western Schism,” articles forthcoming in the New Westminster Dictionary of Church History.
Work in Progress

“Women and Lutheranism in Joachimsthal”

“Erasmus and Augustine on the Christian Preacher”

“Lutheran and Calvinist Old Testament Exegesis in Light of the Becker Psalter”

“Johann Mathesius on Marriage”

“Franciscus Albani: Learned Culture and Lay Piety in the Conversion of a Counter-Reformer”