Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World

Author(s): Alec Ryrie

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"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 of American Lion and Thomas Jefferson

Five hundred years ago a stubborn German monk challenged the Pope with a radical vision of what Christianity could be. The revolution he set in motion toppled governments, upended social norms and transformed millions of people's understanding of their relationship with God. In this dazzling history, Alec Ryrie makes the case that we owe many of the rights and freedoms we have cause to take for granted--from free speech to limited government--to our Protestant roots.

Fired up by their faith, Protestants have embarked on courageous journeys into the unknown like many rebels and refugees who made their way to our shores. Protestants created America and defined its special brand of entrepreneurial diligence. Some turned to their bibles to justify bold acts of political opposition, others to spurn orthodoxies and insight on their God-given rights. Above all Protestants have fought for their beliefs, establishing a tradition of principled opposition and civil disobedience that is as alive today as it was 500 years ago. In this engrossing and magisterial work, Alec Ryrie makes the case that whether or not you are yourself a Protestant, you live in a world shaped by Protestants.


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Informative and comprehensively researched overview of Protestantism. Shares the history of Protestantism and explains how it has shaped and continues to shape political, economic, and social forces around the globe. The prose is lively and engaging. Paul, The Book Grocer.

General Fields

  • : 9780670026166
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Viking Books
  • : April 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Alec Ryrie
  • : Hardback
  • : 528