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The Radicals Who Made the Modern World

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On the 500th anniversary of Luther’s rebellion, this spectacular global history traces the revolutionary faith that shaped the modern world.

Five hundred years ago Protestant Christianity began with one stubborn monk – today, it includes a billion people across the globe.

The upheaval Martin Luther triggered inspired one of the most creative and destructive movements in human history. Protestants is the story of the men and women who made and remade this quarrelsome faith by demanding alarming new freedoms and experimenting in new systems of government. Inspired by their newly accessible Bibles, they transformed their inner lives, a transformation that spilled over into social upheavals and political revolutions. Alec Ryrie’s dazzling history explores how its restless energy made and is still making the modern world.


‘A book about Protestants could so easily mirror crude stereotypes. Protestants are supposedly staid, prudish, law-abiding and dull. Ryrie instead exposes their infinite variety — the weird, wicked and wonderful. This is a fun book about people obsessed with sin’ Books of the Year, The Times

‘A treat. Its scholarship showcases one of the leading historians of Protestantism writing today, but the delight of it is the crisp prose, the quiet, cool wit, the wise judgements and the sheer scope from the gates of Wittenberg to the streets of Seoul. Ryrie has a gift for showing how the history of religion is the history of people, in all their glorious, baffling, frightening and endearing variety’ Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of ‘Reformation and Christianity’

‘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’

‘Spectacularly good. 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’ Prof. Peter Marshall, University of Warwick

‘A learned, lively look at the various faiths lumped together as Protestant, from Martin Luther in the 16th century to today… Rarely has an author of such deep faith offered such a tolerant, engaging history of any religion’ Kirkus

‘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 Rt Revd Dr Graham Kings, Mission Theologian in the Anglican Communion

About the author

Alec Ryrie was born in London. He studied History and Theology at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and is now Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University. A specialist on the Reformation, he is the author of ‘The Sorcerer’s Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England’, the prize-winning ‘Being Protestant in Reformation Britain’, and is the co-editor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

L’avis de : Publishers Weekly

13 févr. 2017 – This volume is an excellent addition to the publishing lists for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation. Ryrie (Being Protestant in Reformation Britain), an expert on the Reformation and winner of the Society of Renaissance Studies' 2014 book prize, aims for a biography of Protestantism itself, rather than any particular Protestant figure or sect. In pursuit of this, Ryrie divides his work into three sections: reformation, the historical roots and early years of Protestantism; transformation, the philosophical development and geographic spread of the Reformation; and globalization, the most recent stages in the development and international adoption of Protestantism. The sections and chapters are thematic rather than strictly chronological; one chapter, for example, follows the fortunes of Protestantism in Nazi Germany. The next chapter then goes backward, chronologically speaking, to move the story to 19th-century America, the rise of evangelical fundamentalism, and the civil rights movement. Ryrie is careful to anchor the reader throughout; even non-specialists will never get lost in the tangle. He also provides a glossary of "types of Protestant" for easy reference as well as an excellent set of endnotes.
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  • Disponible sur iPhone, iPad, iPod touch et sur Mac.
  • Catégorie : Histoire
  • Sortie : 6 avr. 2017
  • Éditeur : William Collins
  • Pages : 528
  • Langue : Anglais
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