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Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World
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Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World


Protestant Christianity began with one stubborn monk in 1517. Now it covers the globe and includes almost a billion people. On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s theses, a global history of the revolutionary faith that shaped the modern world

Five hundred years ago an obscure monk challenged the authority of the pope with a radical vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he set in motion inspired one of the most creative and destructive movements in human history. It has toppled governments, upended social norms, and transformed millions of people’s understanding of their relationship with God. In this dazzling global history that charts five centuries of innovation and change, Alec Ryrie makes the case that Protestants made the modern world.

Protestants introduces us to the men and women who defined and redefined this quarrelsome faith. Some turned to their newly accessible bibles to justify bold acts of political opposition, others to support a new understanding of who they were and what they could and should do. Above all, they were willing to fight for their beliefs. If you look at any of the great confrontations of the last five centuries, you will find Protestants defining the debate on both sides: for and against colonialism, slavery, fascism, communism, women’s rights, and more. Protestants have also fought among themselves. What unites them all is a passion for God and a vital belief in the principle of self-determination. Protestants are people who love God and take on the world.

Protestants have set out for all four corners of the globe, embarking on courageous journeys into the unknown to set up new communities and experiment with new systems of government—like the Puritans, Quakers, and Methodists who made their way to our shores. They are resourceful innovators and are making new converts every day in China, Africa, and Latin America. Protestants created America and defined its special brand of entrepreneurial diligence. Whether you are yourself a Protestant, or even a Christian, you live in a world, and are guided by principles and ideas, shaped by Protestants.

Title:Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages
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    Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World Reviews

  • Franklin Tait
    May 26, 2017

    Well written. Encyclopedic coverage. Honest and fair. He doesn't make truth judgments but covers as a historian. Every insular Protestant should read it to truly come to terms with what the "Reformers...

  • David Dunlap
    Jun 19, 2017

    Splendid book -- exceptionally well-written, with clarity, wit, and an admirable mastery of the source materials. The book traces the beginnings and development of Protestant thought, with prominent e...

  • Russell Threet
    May 25, 2017

    It is my belief that in the very near future this book is going to be the go to text for the topic of Protestantism at the collegiate and even seminary level. All I can say is thank goodness. This boo...

  • Meghan Davis strader
    May 29, 2017

    I loved how the author starts with Luther and a question and proceeds through 500 years of church history with not just events, but the questions that were asked and the various answers given and sti...

  • Hank Pharis
    May 31, 2017

    This is a very mixed bag. Some portions are very helpful and some are disappointing. For example, he includes several heterodox or cultic groups as Protestants....

  • Ann Green
    Mar 07, 2017

    Well researched, this book explores the religious journey led by Protestants touching communities around the world from the days of Martin Luther to the present. An engaging and interesting story full...