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by Alister Mcgrath

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Title:Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution--A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First
Authors:Alister Mcgrath
Info:HarperOne (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 560 pages
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Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution--A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Alister McGrath



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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. ( )
  chriszodrow | Jul 27, 2010 |
Four hundred and seventy eight pages. What a wire brushing! You read this and you will have a very good education on the protestant movement. I appreciate his irenic scholarly approach. Very helpful to me as a Christian. ( )
1 vote SamTekoa | Sep 3, 2009 |
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 problems. There are clear accounts in the book of where these disagreements are to be found.
The influence of protestantism on theology and church history is described but of great interest is the attention given to colonial history, missionary work, the effect on the Arts, Science and Politics.
At times McGrath leans over backwards to be fair to the Catholics. I have found many memorials in England which make it clear that the medievals thought they could buy remission for their sins with legacies in their wills, it was not just a local German problem. Calling the celebrations in Rome after the St Bartholomew's day massacre "bizarre" seems unduly kind, but then saying that Finney's evangelisitc methods "might" have been manipulative is equally gentle.
Does he emphasise Pentecostalism too much? It's certainly not breaking through where I come from. Is it really having a lasting effect in the third world? When education spreads will they still be impressed by tongues?
Excellent survey of the results of giving individuals access to the foundation documents of the faith. ( )
1 vote oataker | Aug 10, 2009 |
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The "dangerous idea" lying at the heart of Protestantism is that the interpretation of the Bible is each individual's right and responsibility. The spread of this principle has resulted in five hundred years of remarkable innovation and adaptability, but it has also created cultural incoherence and social instability. Without any overarching authority to rein in "wayward" thought, opposing sides on controversial issues can only appeal to the Bible—yet the Bible is open to many diverse interpretations. Christianity's Dangerous Idea is the first book that attempts to define this core element of Protestantism and the religious and cultural dynamic that this dangerous idea unleashed, culminating in the remarkable new developments of the twentieth century.

At a time when Protestants will soon cease to be the predominant faith tradition in the United States, McGrath's landmark reassessment of the movement and its future is well-timed. Replete with helpful modern-day examples that explain the past, McGrath brings to life the Protestant movements and personalities that shaped history and the central Christian idea that continues to dramatically influence world events today.

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A new interpretation of the Protestant Reformation provides an alternate perspective on the faith's core idea about individuals having direct access to God without the need for priest and institutional mediation, in an account that traces five centuries of Protestant influence.… (more)

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