Ronald K. Rittgers

Duke Divinity School Chair in Lutheran Studies and Professor of the History of Christianity
0040C Langford
(919) 660-3460
  • B.A. (Wheaton College)
  • M.T.S. (Regent College, Vancouver, BC)
  • Ph.D. (Harvard University)

Dr. Rittgers is interested in the religious, intellectual, social, and cultural history of medieval and early modern/Reformation Europe, focusing especially on the history of theology and devotion. In addition to articles and book chapters, he has authored a number of books: The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Harvard University Press, 2004); The Reformation of Suffering: Pastoral Theology and Lay Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany (Oxford University Press, 2012); The Reformation Commentary on Scripture: Hebrews and James (Intervarsity Press, 2017); a co-edited volume, Protestants and Mysticism in Reformation Europe (Brill, 2019); and A Widower’s Lament: The Pious Meditations of Johann Christoph Oelhafen (Fortress, 2021). In the future, Dr. Rittgers plans to work on the intersection of consolation and self-understanding in the Age of Reform and also on the history of disenchantment in the Reformation and beyond. He additionally intends to work on essays that examine lament and love of God, respectively, in the theology of Martin Luther. Dr. Rittgers has served as the president of the American Society of Church History.