Alec Ryrie - Protestants: The Faith That Made the Modern World
In 1517 Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, setting the Reformation in motion. Five hundred years later, the many sects spawned by this act of rebellion are found throughout the world, and a billion people practice protestant Christianity. In his new book, Ryrie, a professor of the history of Christianity at Durham University and a specialist on the British Reformation, shows that Protestants, with their firm grounding in self-determination, have taken part in a wide range of political and social movements, including slavery, colonialism, and women’s rights. They have argued on both sides of these questions—as well as among themselves—and in so doing have played an essential role in forming the world as we know it.