Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution--A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Religion - 560 pages
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A New Interpretation of Protestantism and Its Impact on the World

The radical idea that individuals could interpret the Bible for themselves spawned a revolution that is still being played out on the world stage today. This innovation lies at the heart of Protestantism's remarkable instability and adaptability. World-renowned scholar Alister McGrath sheds new light on the fascinating figures and movements that continue to inspire debate and division across the full spectrum of Protestant churches and communities worldwide.


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User Review  - chriszodrow - LibraryThing

Good overview and analysis. Great opening, weak closing. Misconstrues sola scriptura to some degree, as McGrath does not take into account the controlling rule of faith that the magisterial reformers adopted form the ancient Fathers. Nonetheless, a worthwhile contribution. Read full review

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User Review  - othurtle - LibraryThing

First class account of not just the history but also the social effects of the reformation. Very rapidly it becomes obvious that even Protestants cannot agree about the bible and that that causes real ... Read full review


The Gathering Storm 17
The Accidental Revolutionary 37
Alternatives to Luther 61
The Shift in Power 83
England 105
War Peace and Disinterest 127
Protestantism in America 151
Believing and Belonging 243
The Structures of Faith 277
Protestantism and the Shaping of 311
Protestantism the Arts 351
Transformation 387
Tongues of Fire 415
The New Frontiers of Protestantism 439

Manifestation 197

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Alister E. McGrath is a historian, biochemist, and Christian theologian born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A longtime professor at Oxford University, he now holds the chair in theology, ministry, and education at the University of London. He is the author of several books on theology and history, including Christianity's Dangerous Idea, In the Beginning, and The Twilight of Atheism. He lives in Oxford, England, and lectures regularly in the United States.

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