Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | August 9, 2011

byMark A. Noll

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Mark A. Noll presents a fresh and accessible history of Protestantism from the era of Martin Luther to the present day. Beginning with the founding of Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Anabaptist churches in the sixteenth-century Reformation, he also considers the rise of other importantChristian movements like Methodism and Pentecostalism. Focussing on worldwide developments, rather than just the familiar European and American histories, he considers the recent expansion of Protestant movements in Africa, China, India, and Latin America, emphasising the on-going and rapidlyexpanding story of Protestants worldwide. Noll examines the contributions from well-known figures including Martin Luther and John Calvin, along with many others, and explores why Protestant energies have flagged recently in the Western world yet expanded so dramatically elsewhere. Highlighting the key points of Protestant commonalityincluding the message of Christian salvation, reliance on the Bible, and organization through personal initiative, he also explores the reasons for Protestantism's extraordinary diversity.

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Mark A. Noll presents a fresh and accessible history of Protestantism from the era of Martin Luther to the present day. Beginning with the founding of Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, and Anabaptist churches in the sixteenth-century Reformation, he also considers the rise of other importantChristian movements like Methodism and Pentecosta...

Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor in the history department at the University of Notre Dame. His earlier books include studies in the history of evangelical Protestantism, such asThe Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitefield and the Wesleys, as well as American religious history including America's God: From Jo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:August 9, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199560978

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Introduction1. Reformation beginnings2. Protestant christendom3. Pietists, the American colonies, evangelicals, and the Enlightenment4. Flourishing, flailing, fragmenting5. Missionary transformations6. Pentecostals, revival, independents7. Whither the West?8. From everywhere to everywhereGlossaryFurther readingIndex