Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World

By | November 21, 2017
Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World Author Alec Ryrie
ISBN-10 523
Year 2017-04-04
Pages On the 500th anniversary of Luthers theses a landmark history of the revolutionary faith that shaped the modern world Ryrie writes that his aim is to persuade you that we cannot understand the modern age without understanding the dynamic history of Protestant Christianity To which I reply Mission accomplished Jon Meacham author ofAmerican LionandThomas JeffersonFive hundred years ago an obscure monk challenged the authority of the pope with a radical new vision of what Christianity could be The revolution he unwittingly set in motion has toppled governments upended social norms and transformed millions of peoples understanding of their relationship with God In this dazzling global history charting five centuries of innovation and change Alec Ryrie makes the case that the world we live in was indelibly shaped by Protestants Protestants introduces us to the men and women who defined this quarrelsome faith Some turned to their newly accessible Bibles to justify bold acts of political opposition others to support a new understanding of how they should live Protestants are conditioned to fight for their beliefs and if you look at any of the great confrontations of the last five centuries you will find them defining the debate on both sides for and against monarchy colonialism slavery fascism communism temperance and war Protestants are people who love God and take on the world They have set out for all four corners of the globe embarking on courageous journeys into the unknown to establish new communities and experiment with radical new systems of governmentlike the Puritans Quakers and Methodists who made their way to our shores Protestants created America and defined its special brand of entrepreneurial diligence And today they are making new converts in China Korea Africa and Latin America This magisterial book by a brilliant scholars of the Reformation makes the case that whether or not you are yourself a Protestant you live in a worldand are guided by principles and ideasshaped by Protestants
Language English
Publisher Viking
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