• by Alec Ryrie
  • Narrated by Tim Bruce
  • 20 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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Customer Reviews

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Too much to cover

This is such a high topic. For anyone who has lived the Protestant experience you will probably think the author leaves out some histories. But then you realize there is much more to the Protestant story than we realize. The author does a good job of covering as much as he does. I would have liked a little more actual theology. But overall-Fascinating.
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- Caroline Pufalt

A secular history protestantism.

I took a Bible as literature class in college and it was basically a professor trying to say that the Bible was worthless and not worthy of study or reading. It quickly became apparent that the professor had not even read the Bible because he would miss quoted continually and was unfamiliar with passages I would suggest that would counter his claims.
While this book was full of historical information it was devoid of anything but descriptions of a Godless religion. It felt a bit like a color-blind person talking to me about sunsets.
If you are interested in history of all the Obscure Cults that have fragmented out of different denominations by all means read this book.
The Reformation, which gave rise to protestantism, was about abandoning the empty religion and forms of the Catholic Church for a direct relationship with God and yet he focuses more on the forms and empty religions of different religious sects that have sprung up as a replacement to the forms of Catholicism. Of all the different groups and sects not once was anything like a typical Bible believing church found in America discussed. An atheist could read this book and feel proud of their decision and maybe that was the books goal.
I liked was expecting something different so was disappointed.
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- SakuraHB

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2017
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books