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Books About Protestantism
Encyclopedia of Protestantism by
Call Number: Adult Nonfiction 280.403 ENC
Publication Date: 2005-05-01
Explores the Protestant movement that began in Europe in the 16th century, established itself in opposition to the Roman Catholic Church, spread around the world, and today lives on in thousands of individual denominations and parachurch organizations. This reference covers its history, concepts, people, events, and major organizations worldwide.
Christianity's Dangerous Idea by
Call Number: Adult Nonfiction 280.409 MCG
Publication Date: 2007-09-25
The "dangerous idea" lying at the heart of Protestantism is that the interpretation of the Bible is each individual's right and responsibility. The spread of this principle has resulted in five hundred years of remarkable innovation and adaptability, but it has also created cultural incoherence and social instability. Without any overarching authority to rein in "wayward" thought, opposing sides on controversial issues can only appeal to the Bible--yet the Bible is open to many diverse interpretations. Christianity's Dangerous Idea is the first book that attempts to define this core element of Protestantism and the religious and cultural dynamic that this dangerous idea unleashed, culminating in the remarkable new developments of the twentieth century. At a time when Protestants will soon cease to be the predominant faith tradition in the United States, McGrath's landmark reassessment of the movement and its future is well-timed. Replete with helpful modern-day examples that explain the past, McGrath brings to life the Protestant movements and personalities that shaped history and the central Christian idea that continues to dramatically influence world events today.
The Reformation by
Call Number: Adult Nonfiction 270.6 ATH
Publication Date: 2011-04-01
A beautifully illustrated guide to one of the most intense periods of religious upheaval since the founding of Christianity Bringing the period of the Reformation to vivid life, this color illustrated guide looks in detail to all aspects of the time period to determine why the Reformation happened, how it was carried out, and what it ultimately achieved. The key figures from the time period are brought to life along with the key debates and controversies surrounding the time period, and are presented together in tandem with the wider political and social implications the Reformation continues to have on religion today. Specific contents include: Here I stand: Martin Luther, Radical Reformers, The Reformation Legacy, and more.
Call Number: Adult Nonfiction 284.2092 SPI
Publication Date: 2009-02-16
John Calvin (1509-1564) was one of the main Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century. His thought spread worldwide, and today he is still looked to for theological insights and as a guide to Christian faith by millions of people. In this book, one of the world's leading Calvin scholars, Willem van 't Spijker, provides a compact guide to Calvin's life and the main elements of his thought. Van 't Spijker bases this work on the best contemporary scholarship. By tracing Calvin's influence, he shows both the development of Calvin's thought and the ways in which it was important in his time and later. This book will be an excellent introduction to Calvin's life and thought for both beginning students and those already acquainted with Calvin's work.
Martin Luther by
Call Number: B LUTHER
Publication Date: 2004-02-02
Martin Marty—professor, author, pastor, historian, and journalist—is, in Bill Moyers’s words, “the most influential interpreter of American religion.” In Martin Lutherthis man of unswerving faith, rooted in his own Lutheran tradition yet deeply committed to helping enrich a pluralist society, brings to powerful life the devout Reformation figure whose despair for a perilous world, felt anew in our own times, drove him to a ceaseless search for assurance of God’s love. It was one that led him steadily to a fresh interpretation of human interaction with God—as born solely from God’s grace and not the Church’s mediation—and to the famous theses he posted at Wittenberg in 1517. Luther’s persistence in this belief, and in his long battle with Church leaders—embellished by rich historical background—make Marty’s biography riveting reading. Luther’s obdurate yet receptive stance, so different from the travestied image of “fundamentalism” we currently face, restored the balance between religion and the individual. Martin Lutheris at once a fascinating history, a story of immense spiritual passion and amazing grace, and a superb intellectual biography.
Books About Pentecostalism/Charismaticism
Fire from Heaven by
Call Number: 270.82 Cox
Publication Date: 1995-01-01
Examines the current rise in Pentecostalism, notes the dwindling memberships of the traditional churches, discusses the late twentieth-century surge in spiritual expression, and documents its widespread appeal.
Emergence Christianity by
Call Number: 270.83 TIC
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
Criminal and Citizen in Modern Mexico explores elite notions of crime and criminality from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century. In Mexico these notions represented contested areas of the social terrain, places where generalized ideas about criminality transcended the individual criminal act to intersect with larger issues of class, race, gender, and sexuality. It was at this intersection that modern Mexican society bared its soul. Attitudes toward race amalgamation and indios, lower-class lifestyles and léperos, women and sexual deviance, all influenced perceptions of criminality and ultimately determined the fundamental issue of citizenship: who belonged and who did not. The liberal discourse of toleration and human rights, the positivist discourse of order and progress, the revolutionary discourse of social justice and integration sought in turn to disguise the exclusions of modern Mexican society behind a veil of criminality-to proscribe as criminal those activities that criminologists, penologists, and anthropologists clearly linked to marginalized social groups. This book attempts to lift that veil and to gaze, like José Guadalupe Posada, at the grinning calavera that it shields.
Protestant Creeds and Confessions
The fastest growing branch of Christianity today,there are so many charismatic and pentecostal churches that it would be impossible to list even a significant proportion of them, especially as many are independent local churches. In this box we try to identify some of the larger associations, and a few especially significant denominations.
Quakers- The Religious Society of Friends
Baptists and Anabaptist Churches and Organizations
There are a great many Presbyterian denominations in America, some of them quite small. These are several of the larger Bodies.