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Ron Rittgers

Duke Divinity School Chair in Lutheran Studies and Professor of the History of Christianity
BA (Wheaton), MTS (Regent), PhD (Harvard)

Ronald K. Rittgers (B.A., Wheaton College; M.T.S., Regent College; Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of the History of Christianity at Duke Divinity School, where he also holds the Chair in Lutheran Studies. Ron is a Reformation scholar with a special interest in the history of theology and devotion. In addition to many articles and book chapters, he is the author of The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany (2004); The Reformation of Suffering: Pastoral Theology and Lay Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany (2012); The Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Hebrews and James (2017); A Widower’s Lament: The Pious Meditations of Johann Christoph Oelhafen (2021). He is also a co-editer of the volume Protestants and Mysticism in Reformation Europe (2019). Ron has served as the President of the American Society of Church History.

Ronald Rittgers holds the Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies at Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN), where he is also Professor of History and Theology. He earned his B.A. from Wheaton College, his M.T.S. from Regent College, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He taught at Yale Divinity School for seven years before moving to Valparaiso. He has published widely on the theology and devotion of the German Reformation. His first book, The Reformation of the Keys (Harvard, 2004), examines the practice of private confession in the German Reformation, while his second book, The Reformation of Suffering (Oxford, 2012), discusses the efforts of Protestant reformers to effect a revolution in the pastoral care of the sick and the suffering. He is currently working on projects that examine biblical exegesis and the reception of medieval mysticism in the German Reformation.

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