Kirk Summers

Kirk M.  Summers

Professor of Classics | Director, Classics Program

Office Hours

FALL 2019: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 pm and by appointment.


MA, Biblical Studies, Reformed Theological Seminary

MA, Latin, University of Nebraska

PhD, Classical Philology, University of Illinois

Curriculum Vitae

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Calvin Studies Society

Sixteenth Century Society

Society for Reformation Research

Research Interests

Dr. Summers’s research interests include Reformation (especially the Reformed/Calvinist movement), Neo-Latin; Roman religion, Lucretius, and Cicero. Currently General Editor for the Peter Martyr Vermigli Loci communes translation project.

Fall 2019 classes:

  • LA 301/490/590: The Thought of Cicero
  • CL 380: Aristotle

Selected Publications


1.  Peter Martyr Vermigli, On Original Sin, edited and translated, with introduction (Leesburg, VA: Davenant Press, 2019).

2. Morality after Calvin: Theodore Beza’s Christian Censor and Reformed Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2016); for more info, go here. For a review in Themelios, go here.

3. “Reformation Humanism: Reading the Classics in the New Theology,” Reformation and Renaissance Review, 2018. To view the article and download the PDF, go here.

4. Philippians 1:21-22: Revisiting John Calvin’s Innovative Interpretation,” in Calvin Theological Journal 53.1 (2018): 129153. To view the article, go here



1. “Consoling the Huguenot Refugees in Late 16th Century Geneva,” in Archive for Reformation History/Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte 2019

2. “Theodore Beza’s ‘Bare-Breasted Religion:’ Liturgical Mystery and the English Vestments Controversy,” in Proceedings of the International Congress on Calvin Research (Philadelphia, 2018)