Glenn Sunshine
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Glenn Sunshine

Glenn Sunshine

Professor of History 

Phone: (860) 832-2810
Fax: (860) 832-2804

Glenn Sunshine received his B.A. in linguistics with high honors from Michigan State University in 1980. He subsequently received his M.A. (1985) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Church History, a second M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. (1992) in Renaissance/Reformation History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Sunshine joined the faculty at CCSU in 1994. Prior to his arrival at CCSU, he taught at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was also a visiting professor at the Universität der Bundeswehr-Hamburg (now Helmut Schmidt University) in Fall Trimester, 1999.

An active scholar, Dr. Sunshine has published numerous books, including Reforming French Protestantism, which won the National Huguenot Society Book Award in 2005, The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, which has been translated into German, Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home, written with the help of a book grant from the Acton Institute for the Study or Religion and Liberty, and Portals: Entering Your Neighbor’s World, a brief survey of contemporary American worldviews. He has also published numerous articles and book chapters and is a regular columnist for The Worldview Journal, and online journal of the Colson Center. He appears in Acton Media’s documentary and curriculum, The Birth of Freedom, as well as in Doing the Right Thing, a DVD-based ethics curriculum published by the Colson Center.

Dr. Sunshine teaches a wide range of courses, including Renaissance and Reformation history, early modern European history, the Black Death, the Crusades, the history of Christianity, economic history, and military history.

 Sunshine's BooksSelected Publications:

  • Portals: Entering Your Neighbor’s World, (Newington, Connecticut: Every Square Inch Publishers, 2012).
  • Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2009).
  • Reformation für zwischendurch, (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008).
  • The Reformation for Armchair Theologians, (Louisville: Westminster/John Knox Press, 2005).
  • Reforming French Protestantism: The Development of Huguenot Ecclesiastical Institutions 1557-1572. Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies 66, (Kirksville, Missouri: Truman State University Press, 2003). 
  • “Defending the Discipline: Anthoine de la Roche Chandieu and La Confirmation de la Discipline  ecclésiastique,” in Bible, Histoire et Société: Mélanges offerts à Bernard Roussel. Sous la direction de R. Gerald Hobbs et Annie Noblesse-Rocher, (Publication de l’École Pratique des Hautes Études—Sciences religiuses), 163. Histoire et prosopographie de la section des sciences religieuses 10. Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2013.
  • “Pastors in the French and Hungarian Reformed Churches: Two Models of Reform,” in Calvin and the Company of Pastors. Calvin Studies Society Papers, 2003, (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Calvin Studies Society, 2004).
  • “Church Discipline,” Encyclopedia of Protestantism, Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed., (New York: Routledge/Taylor and French, 2003).
  • “Pastoral Oversight in the French Reformed Churches: The Evolution of the Colloquy,”  in Geschichte als Verpflichtung: Hamburg, Reformation und Historiographie.  Feschrift fuer Rainer Postel zum 60. Geburtstag.  Herausgegeben von Michael Hundt unter Miterbeit von Lars Jockheck.  Beitraege zur deutschen und europaeischen Geschichte 28, (Hamburg: Kraemer, 2001).
  • “Discipline as the Third Mark of the Church: Three Views,”Calvin Theological Journal 33 (1998): 469-80.
  • “Chandieu, Antoine de la Roche;” “La Rochelle, Synod of;” “Nîmes, Synod of;” “Synods,” Encyclopedia of the Reformation.  Four volumes. Hans J. Hillerbrand, ed., (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996.)
  • “Geneva meets Rome: The Development of the French Reformed Diaconate,” Sixteenth Century Journal 26 (1995): 331‑47.
  • “Reformed Theology and the Origins of Synodical Polity: Calvin, Beza and the Gallican Confession,” in Later Calvinism: International Perspectives,  W. Fred Graham, ed., Sixteenth Century Essays and Studies 22, (Kirksville, Missouri: Sixteenth Century Journal Publishers, 1994).
  • “The Theological Origins of the French Discipline Ecclésiastique:Calvin, Beza and the French Confession,” in Calvin and the State. Proceedings of the Eighth Colloquium on Calvin and Calvin Studies, Peter DeKlerk, ed., (Grand Rapids: Calvin Studies Society, 1993).
  • Translator with Dr. J. A. Bergin of Andree Corvol, “The Transformation of a Political Symbol: Tree Festivals in France from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries,” French History4 (1990): 455‑86.
  • “French Protestantism on the Eve of St Bartholomew: The Ecclesiastical Discipline of the French Reformed Churches, 1571‑1572,” French History 4 (1990): 340‑77.
  • “Jean Alphonse Turrettini on Accommodation and Biblical Error: Calvinist or Socinian?” with Martin I. Klauber, Calvin Theological Journal 25 (1990): 7‑27.