The Protestant Revolution: From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King Jr.

The Protestant Revolution: From Martin Luther to Martin Luther King Jr.

by WilliamG.Naphy (Author)


In "The Protestant Revolution", historian William Naphy asks how the actions of an obscure German monk are still shaping our modern world. When Martin Luther nailed 95 criticisms of the Catholic Church to the door of his local church in 1517 he sparked not just a religious Reformation, but an unending cycle of political, social and economic change that continues to this day. By challenging the authority of the Pope, Luther inadvertently unleashed a revolutionary force: the power of the individual to determine his or her own thoughts and actions. Over four centuries later, the Protestant minister Martin Luther King Jr was acting on the same revolutionary principle when he rejected racial discrimination and spearheaded the US Civil Rights Movement. The legacy of the Reformation is all around us, influencing our work life, our family life, even our sex life, as well as our political views and sense of national identity.From literature to science, from gay marriage to the 'War on Terror', a vibrant struggle for Protestant principles is alive in Britain, America and the developing world. Accompanying a BBC series written and presented by Tristram Hunt, "The Protestant Revolution" is the story of the Reformation and its lasting legacy - in effect, how Protestantism created the modern world.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Edition: 1st Edition
Publisher: BBC Books
Published: 02 Aug 2007

ISBN 10: 0563539208
ISBN 13: 9780563539209
Book Overview: A fascinating history of the Reformation and its continuing impact on the modern world

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Author Bio
William Naphy is Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning in the School of Divinity, History & Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of several books, including Born to be Gay: a History of Homosexuality; Sex Crimes: From Renaissance to Enlightenment; and Plagues, Poisons and Potions. He lives in Aberdeen. Tristram Hunt is a lecturer in modern British history at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of The English Civil War: At First Hand and the critically acclaimed Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City. A leading British history broadcaster, he has authored numerous radio and television series for the BBC and Channel 4.