The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Reformation & Protestantism
As easy to understand history of the Reformation and how it created modern Protestantism.
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Many Protestants today -- whether Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, or Episcopalian -- have never understood how or why each has different traditions and beliefs. Historically, each denomination comes from the same beginnings -- the Reformation. Authors Bell and Sumner take readers on a journey from Martin Luther's time through medieval Europe, Old England, colonial American to today, explaining not only big schisms (like the break with Rome) but smaller ones (like John Wesley's break from the Anglican church to form modern Methodism.) Covering everything from Henry VIII's agenda to the North American Great Awakening, The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Reformation and Protestantism puts everything in perspective.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ajlewis2 - LibraryThing
I chose the wrong style of book to read about the Reformation. This book is highly repetitive which it is designed to be. I was also not looking for a book with the bias toward Protestantism that this one has. I was looking for a simple, concise history and this is not that book. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quaintlittlehead - LibraryThing
This book offers a very thorough and balanced review of the history of the Protestant Reformation. It is history, though; some readers might be disappointed by the fact that the book spends more time ... Read full review
The Christian Faith Before the Reformation
Just What Are These Reformers Reforming Anyway?
How lt Started
The Disciples Are Saying What?
Happy Birthday Dear Church
Nothing Can Stop Us Now
Time to Fan OutWhether We Want to or Not
From Persecutor to Unstoppable Agent of the Faith
Englands Own Brand of Reformation
Thorns in the Popes Side
When lntolerant Words Turn to Persecution
The Making of a Bible Translator
Time for a Change of Scenery and Purpose
An Underground Operation
You Cant Keep a Good Book Down
Tyndale Makes His Mark
The Gentile Missionary
This ls Everyones Faith Now
The Seed That Grew into the Reformation
Now This ls a Faith Worth Living For
So What Do We Do Now?
Just What Do We Believe Anyway?
Loading the Canon
Nobody Said lt Would Be EasyOr Even Safe
Not in Our Synagogue
When in Rome?
Not in Our Empire
Persecution and Opposition Go Official
The Good That Comes from Bad Times
What the Persecution Couldnt DoStop the Christian Faith
The Church Goes lmperial
Any Friend of Constantines
The Church Becomes Official
Bad Company Corrupting Good Morals
Just Whose Church ls This Anyway?
Four Guys lts Good to Remember
The Pope Becomes a World Ruler
Whos Running the Show Now?
The Pollution of the Papacy
On Top Again The Height of Papal Power
The Church Flexes lts Muscle
A Papal FiascoUh Schism
The Papacy Takes a Beating
The Apostle Paul the Trail Blazer for the Reformers
Wheres Peter Waldo?
At Odds with the Church
No Matter How You Spell His Name John Wycliffe Was Trouble
A Burr Under the Churchs Saddle
Lollards Never Fade Away
They Couldnt Leave a Good Man Down
Someone Try to Put a Muzzle on That Guy
Savonarola Turns Up the Heat
Lemme Tell You What l Think of Your Excommunication
The Right Message at the Right Time
Somethings Gotta Give
Rotten from the Top Down
We Can Take Care of Ourselves Thank You
Bringing Things into the Light
Were Only Uumanists
What Happens When Reading and Faith Mix
Humanists Humanists Everywhere
Thinking Reading and WorshipingAs an lndividual
The Power of the Press
The Time ls Now
The Difference the Reformers Made
A Different Kind of Reformation
The Mystical Side of Christianity
This Mysticism ls Nothing New
lf the Disciples Did lt So Should l
Lady Poverty Expands
A Religion the People Could Touch Feelr Experience
Serving an Eternal God in a Modern Way
What Did Groote Have to Say?
lts a Common Life
Learnin and Lovin God
Loving God Means Everything
Some Good Words from Thomas a Kempis
Hard Work Hard Discipline and Lots of Ambition
Martin Hits the Books
What Next for Martin?
Martin Luther Tries to Reach God
The Hardest Working Priest in the Monastery
Martin Makes a Move
When Luther Turned Lutheran
Luthers Time in the Tower
Something ls Amiss Here
lt All Started over Indulgences
Just What Was the Argument About?
The Holy Trade ls Wholly Wrong
Who Needs Confession When You Have an lndulgence?
Public Support and Papal Anger
A Heros Welcome in Augsburg
lll Put That in Writing
Martin Luthers RightHand Man
The Burning of the Bull
Luther Opens Another Can of Worms
What? Me Recant?
Life in Wartburg Castle
No Matter What the Pope May Say Reformations Here to Stay
The Ups and Downs of Lutheranism
Luther Stands Tall in Wittenberg
Twelve Things This ls All We Ask
The Bigand CostlyMisunderstanding by the Peasants
Stop the Madness by Any Means Necessary
Just Where Do These Lutherans Fit In?
When Peace Turned to War
The Rise of the Schmalkaldic Thats Right Schmalkaldic League
The Loss of a Great Leader
Religious Warlt Was Only a Matter of Time
So Whats Next for the Lutherans?
What Do You Mean Peace of Auqsburq?
The Reformation Expands
Lutheranism Goes Scandinavian
Denmark Norway and lcelandNorthern Reformation Dominoes
SwitzerlandDifferent Country Different Reformation
What Zwingli Thought of the Bible and the Church
SixtySeven This Time Hot NinetyFive
To the Victor
A Hew Last Supper
Time for Some Unity Guys
Agreement and UnityTo a Point
Zwingli Meets His Demise
A Different Kind of Law
The Reformation Changes Hands
Calvins WorldChanging Detour
A Little Help Here?
Some Spiritual ArmTwisting
A Revolt We Could See Coming
Lets Try This Again Later
Meanwhile Back in Geneva
The Bonding of Church and State
When Religion Becomes the Law of the Land
A Blot on Calvins Record
Calvinism Hits the Road And lt Never Stops
The Spread of the Reformed Faith
Calvinism Goes lnternational
Better Late Than Never Scotland Gets into the Reformation Act
The Leader of the Scottish Reformation
A Man John Knox Could Look Up To
To the Galleys with You
The Beginning of the End for Knox in England
On the Verge of Something Big
And in This Corner
Knox Puts lt All in Writing
Presbyterianism in Scotland
A Return of Roman Catholicism to Scotland?
The End of a Full and Productive Life
Results of the Reformation
A Backdoor Route to Reformation
Oh Henry Where ls Your Protestantism?
Cranmer Has His Heyday with Edward
Coming Around to Reformation Thinking
Cranmers Last Stand
The Struggles for Reformation in England
Getting lt All Settled
Youve Made a Big Mistake Buddy
What Does Puritanism Really Mean?
Mishandling the AnglicanPuritan Conflict
King James Takes the Throne
The Crowning Achievement of King James
James and the Puritan Problem
What Not to Do When Faced with a Revolution
The Look of a Revolutionary Leader
The Civil War ls Over So Whats Next?
The Legacy of the Puritan Revolution
The Radical Side of the Reformation
Who Were the Anabaptists?
Show He Your Faith
Tough Times for the Anabaptists
The First Martyr but Hardly the Last
The Creation of a Miinster
The Time for a Good Han to Act
The AmishA New Kind of Anabaptist
Hearing lt for the Hutterites
The Beginnings of Quakerism
The Quakers Move On
What Do Quakers Believe ln?
The Catholic Churchs Own Reformation
Calls for ReformationFrom Within
Spains Contribution to the Catholic Reformation
The Humanists and What They Did for Reformation
We Cant Go On This Way
A Long and Often lnterrupted Council
The Protestants Have Something to Say but ls Anyone Listening?
The Council of Trent tndsFinally
Reformation by lnquisition
Reading and WritingBut Only What the Church Says You Can
A Different Kind of Reformer
A Magnificent Seven
Catholic Reformation Through Education
Where Did This Reformation Leave Us?
The Darker Side of the Reformation
How Could This Have Happened?
Persecution and Martyrdom of the PreReformation Reformers
Jerome of Prague
The Martyrs and the lnquisition
Queen Mary l and Her Martyrs
Thomas Cranmers Double Reversal
A Time of Reversal
Paying the Price for a Different Kind of Reformation
Martyrdom in the Low Countries
The Tragedy on St Bartholomews Day
A Bad Time and Place to Be a Huguenot
A Time of Unspeakable Horror
lt Has to Stop Somewhere
Wars Rumors of Wars Then a Lasting Religious Peace
The End of Protestantism As We Know lt?
lt lsnt Perfect but at Least lts Peace
A Chance for Unity Within Protestantism
The Mother of All Religious Conflicts
When and Where the Whole Thing Started
The Danish Period
The French Period of the Thirty YearsWar
lts a Whole New World with the Peace of Westphalia
The Legacy of the Thirty Years War and the Peace of Westphalia
The Renewals and Revivals of Europe
The Evangelical Revival
The Look of PreRevival England
The Wonderful Work of the Wesleys
The Missionary Trip Then Conversion of the Wesleys
Never the Same Again
Charles Wesleys Contribution to the Cause
The Rise of Wesleys Kind of Methodism
A New Purpose a New Direction
lts the Message Not the Method
You Cant Stop Him You Can Only Hope to Contain Him
The Calvinist Brand of Methodism
The Winding Down of Whitefield
The Legacy of the Methodist Revival
What lt Left Us
So What Was So Great About the Reformation?
The Good the Reformers Didlntentionally AND Unintentionally
One of the Roots of Democracy?
The Economics of the Reformation
The Reformation and Public Education
The Writings of History and of the Past
How Great Thou Art
lt Has a Nice Sound and You Can Worship God to lt
When Science Stopped Answering to the Church
The Protestant Reformation and What lt Did for Philosophy
Changes in Religion
The Reformation in North America Before the American Revolution
Why in the World Would Anyone Move to America?
The Heart of Puritanism
Where Did the Puritans Come From?
To Separate or Not to Separate That Was the Question
Puritans Get to VirginiaWhat Now?
The Land of Witch Trials and Scarlet Letters
Puritans as Separatists
The Plantations Grow into a Big Plant
Whoops Mere Come the Baptists
Oops and Here Come Other Protestants
PennsylvaniaTrie Colony with a Difference
The Pieces Start to Come Together
EvangelismThe Child of Puritanism
The Great Awakening
Waking Up Sometimes Takes Time
The End of the Great Awakening
The Reformation During and After the American Revolution
The Great AwakeningWhat lt Meant Before the American Revolution
Would a Catholic Bishop in Quebec Mean Tyranny in the Thirteen Colonies?
The Methodist Opinion
And How About Them Founding Fathers?
PostRevolution ProtestantismA Special Religious Crisis
The Second Great Awakening
The Protestant Work Cthk and the Spread of the United States
Capitalism Calvinism and the American Way
HardWorking Protestant Americans
Protestantism and Slavery
The White Protestant Churches After the Civil War
Political Clout As a TwoEdged Sword
Some Representative Protestants Today
Protestantism Today Presbyterians
How Evangelicals and Fundamentalists Have Been Shaped by the Reformation
Building a Big ThingA Bridge or a Church
The Mixture of Religious Dream and Nonreligious Aims
The Future of Protestantism
Martin Luthers 9S Theses