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      Protestants: The Radicals Who Made the Modern World
Alec Ryrie

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 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, Protestants were willing to fight for their beliefs. If you look at 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 their 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. Protestants created America and defined its special brand of entrepreneurial diligence, but they also can be found behind the brutality of apartheid and Nazi Germany. They are resourceful innovators, making new converts every day in China, Africa, and Latin America. 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.

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William Collins

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This eBook first published in Great Britain by William Collins in 2017

Copyright © Alec Ryrie 2017

Alec Ryrie asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this work

Map by Martin Brown

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Ebook Edition © March 2017 ISBN: 9780008182137

Version: 2018-02-09

Praise for Protestants:

‘Ryrie offers an admirably “long view” of the development of the Protestant faith’

Literary Review

‘A treat. Ryrie has a gift for showing how the history of religion is the history of the people … This book’s scholarship showcases one of the leading historians of Protestantism writing today, but the delight of it is the crisp prose, cool wit, wise judgements and sheer scope from the gates of Wittenberg to the streets of Seoul’ DIARMAID MACCULLOCH

‘Informative and stimulating’

Financial Times

‘This is a book of breathtaking range and penetrating insight. It will shape our perception of the Reformation and its long shadow for years to come’

ANDREW PETTEGREE, author of Brand Luther

‘Remarkably open-minded and delightfully light-hearted’

The Times

‘To cover the history of Protestantism in just 514 pages might seem a reckless task [but] Ryrie … has succeeded magnificently … A learned, humane and entertaining book’

Sunday Times

‘Ryrie guides us sure-footedly along the broad paths of Protestant history without neglecting its many fascinating by-ways. He writes with empathy but without illusions; his trademark combination of wit and erudition makes the journey as enjoyable as it is enlightening’

PROFESSOR PETER MARSHALL, University of Warwick

‘Ryrie’s agile mind, pithy style and energetic narrative bring 500 years of Protestant history to life and into the present global era. Profound and capacious, Protestants is scintillating, shrewd, incisive and proceeds at an astonishing pace. If you wish to buy one book to understand the impact Martin Luther has had on the modern world, this is it’

THE RIGHT REVEREND DR GRAHAM KINGS,

Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion

‘A learned, lively look at the various faiths lumped together as Protestant, from Martin Luther in the sixteenth century to today’

Kirkus Reviews

Dedication (#u08421228-ba9e-54d7-ada0-37321b971d64)

In memory of Bill Ryrie (1928–2012)

Contents

Cover (#ubcb1f370-0440-51f4-9414-aa40c12373f4)

Title Page (#u33f4e3f6-289b-505b-904d-c22b5a1851fc)

Copyright

Praise (#uc9f57463-2f23-5de2-b330-b9913b8d14ae)

Dedication

Map (#uf093bc43-98a8-597b-b0b8-106c5b89fd34)

Introduction

PART I: THE REFORMATION AGE

Chapter 1. Luther and the Fanatics

The Call of Reform (#ulink_ea7cdd34-9b55-5681-9f10-dcc12843d0c9) • An Accidental Revolutionary (#ulink_8b3b67af-d50a-572f-95dd-56df13978633) • “Captive to the Word of God” (#ulink_29fd9e9b-5201-5b61-9a85-dff83ba71eeb) • The Fanatics’ Reformation (#ulink_6336cf00-7e7b-53db-889d-9ee39ea8d478)

Chapter 2. Protectors and Tyrants

Taming the Reformation (#ulink_7a70425b-657e-583a-9344-73c544c835c8) • The Two Kingdoms (#ulink_2eaa116a-aea1-59c9-8d23-34103e711d08) • Chaos and Order (#ulink_652f7fb5-33ff-5a9a-8a91-69601bd03680) • Revolutionary Saints (#ulink_5f9c953b-8335-5d24-86e1-667f1442cd5c)

Chapter 3. The Failure of Calvinism

Parallel Reformations (#ulink_11fa4a5b-f325-5765-aa32-dc403ad2eba0) • Calvin’s Contribution (#ulink_a1f6c31f-a449-5d87-8b7e-942f9698213d) • Lutheranism in Search of Concord (#ulink_4800ada6-1b14-5a4e-8132-fbd824090da5) • Dreams of Union (#ulink_a1d63efb-0237-5c9e-b168-670d5261276c) • The Unravelling of Calvinism (#ulink_472a0071-de8e-505c-bf6e-eb62ae95ba6e)

Chapter 4. Heretics, Martyrs and Witches

Martyrdom and Heresy (#ulink_7adce06a-cf26-5bb4-bae0-708a5cc68b13) • Turning the Tide (#ulink_9f5ad61c-132a-5b4a-89dd-d663b03b9a2b) • The Luxury of Intolerance (#ulink_cb47c1af-9302-5169-9501-9d6dca25800b) • The Devil’s Minions (#ulink_db7060c1-74fe-57e4-a9b8-16ba6b6414a1)

Chapter 5. The British Maelstrom

An Unlikely War (#ulink_a8ad1a44-1a1a-59b0-8206-474f94cd4f55) • Winning the Peace (#ulink_e57fc301-6bf7-53a6-b854-eb05e440d7eb) • Journeys into the Unknown (#ulink_43668484-ee0d-5ce2-8821-d6913be7add7) • Quakers and Anglicans (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 6. From the Waters of Babylon to a City on a Hill

An Age of Exiles (#litres_trial_promo) • American Pilgrimages (#litres_trial_promo) • Preaching to the Nations (#litres_trial_promo)

PART II: THE MODERN AGE

Chapter 7. Enthusiasm and Its Enemies

The Pietist Adventure (#litres_trial_promo) • Moravian Riders (#litres_trial_promo) • Methodism: Pietism’s English Stepchild (#litres_trial_promo) • The Revivals’ New World (#litres_trial_promo)

Chapter 8. Slaves to Christ
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