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Unabridged   20.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 04/04/2017


The Faith That Made the Modern World

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681684833
Digital Download ISBN:9781681684840


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.

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In this dazzling global history that charts five centuries 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, they were willing to fight for their beliefs. If you look at any of the great confrontations of the last five centuries, you will find Protestants defining the debate on both sides. Protestants have also fought among themselves. What unites them all is a passion for God and a vital belief in the principle of self-determination.

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. They are resourceful innovators and are making new converts every day in China, Africa, and Latin America. Protestants created America and defined its special brand of entrepreneurial diligence. 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.


"Learned and lively. . . . Rarely has an author of such deep faith offered such a tolerant, engaging history of any religion." —Kirkus Starred Review

"This sweeping and thought-provoking book may prove a bible of the Protestant quincentenary." —Booklist Starred Review

"This multifaceted work will appeal to readers of both history and theology." —Library Journal Starred Review

"This volume is an excellent addition to the publishing lists for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran reformation." —Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Author Bio

Alec Ryrie was born in London and grew up in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class degree in history and received a doctorate in theology from Oxford University. He is the professor of the history of Christianity at Durham University and has been a fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. An expert on the Reformation in England and Scotland, he is the author of the prizewinning Being Protestant in Reformation Britain and The Sorcerer’s Tale: Faith and Fraud in Tudor England and is the coeditor of the Journal of Ecclesiastical History.