The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Reformation & Protestantism

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As easy to understand history of the Reformation and how it created modern Protestantism.

-- Excellent use of The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" format to take a complex historical event and give it meaning to members of any denomination.

-- Author has a proven track record with this series as co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Bible, and brings a credible name and approach to Christian booksellers and readers.

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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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User 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

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User 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

Contents

The Christian Faith Before the Reformation
1
Just What Are These Reformers Reforming Anyway?
3
How lt Started
4
The Disciples Are Saying What?
5
Happy Birthday Dear Church
6
Nothing Can Stop Us Now
7
Time to Fan OutWhether We Want to or Not
9
From Persecutor to Unstoppable Agent of the Faith
10
Englands Own Brand of Reformation
179
Thorns in the Popes Side
180
When lntolerant Words Turn to Persecution
181
The Making of a Bible Translator
182
Time for a Change of Scenery and Purpose
183
An Underground Operation
184
You Cant Keep a Good Book Down
185
Tyndale Makes His Mark
186

The Gentile Missionary
11
This ls Everyones Faith Now
12
The Seed That Grew into the Reformation
13
Now This ls a Faith Worth Living For
15
So What Do We Do Now?
16
Just What Do We Believe Anyway?
17
Loading the Canon
18
Nobody Said lt Would Be EasyOr Even Safe
19
Not in Our Synagogue
20
When in Rome?
21
Not in Our Empire
22
Persecution and Opposition Go Official
23
The Good That Comes from Bad Times
24
What the Persecution Couldnt DoStop the Christian Faith
25
The Church Goes lmperial
29
Any Friend of Constantines
30
The Church Becomes Official
31
Bad Company Corrupting Good Morals
32
Just Whose Church ls This Anyway?
33
Four Guys lts Good to Remember
34
Jerome
35
The Pope Becomes a World Ruler
36
Whos Running the Show Now?
37
The Pollution of the Papacy
38
On Top Again The Height of Papal Power
39
The Church Flexes lts Muscle
40
A Papal FiascoUh Schism
41
The Papacy Takes a Beating
42
The Reformers
43
The Apostle Paul the Trail Blazer for the Reformers
45
Wheres Peter Waldo?
46
At Odds with the Church
47
No Matter How You Spell His Name John Wycliffe Was Trouble
48
A Burr Under the Churchs Saddle
49
Lollards Never Fade Away
50
They Couldnt Leave a Good Man Down
51
Someone Try to Put a Muzzle on That Guy
52
Savonarola Turns Up the Heat
53
Lemme Tell You What l Think of Your Excommunication
54
The Right Message at the Right Time
57
Somethings Gotta Give
58
Rotten from the Top Down
59
We Can Take Care of Ourselves Thank You
60
Bringing Things into the Light
61
Were Only Uumanists
62
What Happens When Reading and Faith Mix
63
Humanists Humanists Everywhere
64
Thinking Reading and WorshipingAs an lndividual
65
The Power of the Press
66
The Time ls Now
67
The Difference the Reformers Made
69
A Different Kind of Reformation
71
The Mystical Side of Christianity
72
This Mysticism ls Nothing New
73
lf the Disciples Did lt So Should l
74
Lady Poverty Expands
75
A Religion the People Could Touch Feelr Experience
76
Serving an Eternal God in a Modern Way
77
What Did Groote Have to Say?
78
lts a Common Life
79
Learnin and Lovin God
80
Loving God Means Everything
81
Some Good Words from Thomas a Kempis
82
Chapter
85
Hard Work Hard Discipline and Lots of Ambition
86
Martin Hits the Books
87
What Next for Martin?
88
Martin Luther Tries to Reach God
90
The Hardest Working Priest in the Monastery
91
Martin Makes a Move
92
When Luther Turned Lutheran
93
Luthers Time in the Tower
94
Amazing Grace
95
Something ls Amiss Here
96
lt All Started over Indulgences
99
Just What Was the Argument About?
100
The Holy Trade ls Wholly Wrong
101
Who Needs Confession When You Have an lndulgence?
102
Public Support and Papal Anger
104
A Heros Welcome in Augsburg
105
lll Put That in Writing
107
Martin Luthers RightHand Man
108
The Burning of the Bull
109
Luther Opens Another Can of Worms
110
What? Me Recant?
111
Life in Wartburg Castle
112
No Matter What the Pope May Say Reformations Here to Stay
113
The Ups and Downs of Lutheranism
115
Luther Stands Tall in Wittenberg
116
LutheranismonaRoll
117
Twelve Things This ls All We Ask
118
The Bigand CostlyMisunderstanding by the Peasants
119
Stop the Madness by Any Means Necessary
120
Just Where Do These Lutherans Fit In?
121
When Peace Turned to War
122
The Rise of the Schmalkaldic Thats Right Schmalkaldic League
123
The Loss of a Great Leader
124
Religious Warlt Was Only a Matter of Time
125
So Whats Next for the Lutherans?
126
What Do You Mean Peace of Auqsburq?
127
The Reformation Expands
129
Lutheranism Goes Scandinavian
130
Denmark Norway and lcelandNorthern Reformation Dominoes
131
SwitzerlandDifferent Country Different Reformation
133
What Zwingli Thought of the Bible and the Church
134
SixtySeven This Time Hot NinetyFive
136
To the Victor
137
A Hew Last Supper
138
Time for Some Unity Guys
140
Agreement and UnityTo a Point
141
The Anabaptists
142
Zwingli Meets His Demise
143
A Different Kind of Law
144
The Reformation Changes Hands
147
lnstituteional Christianity
148
Calvins WorldChanging Detour
150
A Little Help Here?
151
Some Spiritual ArmTwisting
152
A Revolt We Could See Coming
153
Lets Try This Again Later
155
Meanwhile Back in Geneva
156
The Bonding of Church and State
157
When Religion Becomes the Law of the Land
158
A Blot on Calvins Record
159
Calvinism Hits the Road And lt Never Stops
160
The Spread of the Reformed Faith
163
Calvinism Goes lnternational
164
Better Late Than Never Scotland Gets into the Reformation Act
165
The Leader of the Scottish Reformation
166
A Man John Knox Could Look Up To
167
To the Galleys with You
168
The Beginning of the End for Knox in England
169
On the Verge of Something Big
170
And in This Corner
171
Knox Puts lt All in Writing
172
Presbyterianism in Scotland
173
A Return of Roman Catholicism to Scotland?
174
The End of a Full and Productive Life
175
Results of the Reformation
177
A Backdoor Route to Reformation
187
Oh Henry Where ls Your Protestantism?
189
Cranmer Has His Heyday with Edward
190
Coming Around to Reformation Thinking
191
Cranmers Last Stand
192
The Struggles for Reformation in England
195
Getting lt All Settled
196
Youve Made a Big Mistake Buddy
197
What Does Puritanism Really Mean?
198
Mishandling the AnglicanPuritan Conflict
200
King James Takes the Throne
201
The Crowning Achievement of King James
202
James and the Puritan Problem
203
What Not to Do When Faced with a Revolution
204
The Look of a Revolutionary Leader
205
The Civil War ls Over So Whats Next?
207
The Legacy of the Puritan Revolution
209
The Radical Side of the Reformation
211
Who Were the Anabaptists?
212
Show He Your Faith
213
Tough Times for the Anabaptists
214
The First Martyr but Hardly the Last
215
The Creation of a Miinster
216
The Time for a Good Han to Act
217
The AmishA New Kind of Anabaptist
218
Hearing lt for the Hutterites
220
The Beginnings of Quakerism
221
The Quakers Move On
222
What Do Quakers Believe ln?
223
The Catholic Churchs Own Reformation
225
Calls for ReformationFrom Within
226
Spains Contribution to the Catholic Reformation
227
The Humanists and What They Did for Reformation
228
We Cant Go On This Way
230
A Long and Often lnterrupted Council
231
The Protestants Have Something to Say but ls Anyone Listening?
232
The Council of Trent tndsFinally
233
Reformation by lnquisition
234
Reading and WritingBut Only What the Church Says You Can
235
A Different Kind of Reformer
236
A Magnificent Seven
237
Catholic Reformation Through Education
238
Where Did This Reformation Leave Us?
239
The Darker Side of the Reformation
241
How Could This Have Happened?
242
Persecution and Martyrdom of the PreReformation Reformers
243
John Huss
244
Jerome of Prague
245
The Martyrs and the lnquisition
246
Queen Mary l and Her Martyrs
248
Thomas Cranmers Double Reversal
249
A Time of Reversal
250
Paying the Price for a Different Kind of Reformation
251
Martyrdom in the Low Countries
252
The Tragedy on St Bartholomews Day
253
A Bad Time and Place to Be a Huguenot
254
A Time of Unspeakable Horror
255
lt Has to Stop Somewhere
256
Wars Rumors of Wars Then a Lasting Religious Peace
259
The End of Protestantism As We Know lt?
260
lt lsnt Perfect but at Least lts Peace
261
A Chance for Unity Within Protestantism
262
The Mother of All Religious Conflicts
263
When and Where the Whole Thing Started
264
The Danish Period
266
The French Period of the Thirty YearsWar
268
lts a Whole New World with the Peace of Westphalia
269
The Legacy of the Thirty Years War and the Peace of Westphalia
270
The Renewals and Revivals of Europe
273
The Evangelical Revival
274
The Look of PreRevival England
275
The Wonderful Work of the Wesleys
276
The Missionary Trip Then Conversion of the Wesleys
277
Never the Same Again
278
Charles Wesleys Contribution to the Cause
279
The Rise of Wesleys Kind of Methodism
280
A New Purpose a New Direction
281
lts the Message Not the Method
282
You Cant Stop Him You Can Only Hope to Contain Him
283
The Calvinist Brand of Methodism
284
The Winding Down of Whitefield
285
The Legacy of the Methodist Revival
286
What lt Left Us
289
So What Was So Great About the Reformation?
290
The Good the Reformers Didlntentionally AND Unintentionally
291
One of the Roots of Democracy?
292
The Economics of the Reformation
293
The Reformation and Public Education
294
The Writings of History and of the Past
295
How Great Thou Art
296
lt Has a Nice Sound and You Can Worship God to lt
297
When Science Stopped Answering to the Church
298
The Protestant Reformation and What lt Did for Philosophy
299
Changes in Religion
300
The Reformation in North America Before the American Revolution
303
Why in the World Would Anyone Move to America?
304
The Heart of Puritanism
305
Where Did the Puritans Come From?
306
To Separate or Not to Separate That Was the Question
307
Puritans Get to VirginiaWhat Now?
308
The Land of Witch Trials and Scarlet Letters
310
Puritans as Separatists
311
The Plantations Grow into a Big Plant
312
Whoops Mere Come the Baptists
313
Oops and Here Come Other Protestants
314
Cotton Mather
315
PennsylvaniaTrie Colony with a Difference
316
The Pieces Start to Come Together
317
EvangelismThe Child of Puritanism
318
The Great Awakening
319
Waking Up Sometimes Takes Time
321
The End of the Great Awakening
322
The Reformation During and After the American Revolution
325
The Great AwakeningWhat lt Meant Before the American Revolution
326
Would a Catholic Bishop in Quebec Mean Tyranny in the Thirteen Colonies?
328
The Methodist Opinion
329
And How About Them Founding Fathers?
330
PostRevolution ProtestantismA Special Religious Crisis
332
The Second Great Awakening
334
The Protestant Work Cthk and the Spread of the United States
336
Capitalism Calvinism and the American Way
337
HardWorking Protestant Americans
338
Protestantism and Slavery
339
The White Protestant Churches After the Civil War
341
Protestantism Today
343
The Negatives
346
Political Clout As a TwoEdged Sword
347
Some Representative Protestants Today
348
Protestantism Today Presbyterians
349
How Evangelicals and Fundamentalists Have Been Shaped by the Reformation
350
Building a Big ThingA Bridge or a Church
351
Evangelism
352
The Mixture of Religious Dream and Nonreligious Aims
353
The Future of Protestantism
354
Martin Luthers 9S Theses
357
Bibliography
365
lndex
369
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Jim Bell is an executive editor for Moody Publishing and the co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to The Bible. His is the former executive director of Bridge Publishing and former director of religions publishing for Doubleday. His is co-author of more than 9 books and has received cover credit for his work in compiling, editing and abridging more than 20 works including many religions classics and the God's Little Instruction series.

Tracy Macon Sumner is a freelance editor and writer with experience at Mulnomah Publishers, Moody Press, YWAM Publishing and Servant. He co-authored It Takes Commitment and has worked with editors of the Stories for the Heart series.

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