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1Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution—A History from the Sixteenth Centuryto the Twenty-First.By Alister McGrath. New York, NY: HarperOne, 2008, 552pp., $16.99.Protestantism is a form and branch of Christianity with many faces and layers. There ismuch that can be uncovered and realized within the complexities of what and who started theinitial shift toward asking the questions against what the Church of the day was submittingthemselves to and believing. However, the trailblazers of the beginning of the fifteenth centurynever could have imagined the new epicenters and forms that Protestantism would take. AlisterMcGrath’s thesis for his book is a new and refreshed study on the revolutionary birth and varieddevelopments of Protestantism as a dangerous idea is needed to tell of the past but also toanticipate the future. In his book,Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution – AHistory from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First,Alister McGrath explores the historicalnarrative and determines to explain the dangerous implications of the origin, development, andmanifestations of Protestantism from the fifteenth to twentieth century.The first 8 chapters of the book start by setting the scene of the late medieval church inEurope that had its emphasis on international politics and internal affairs, while also makingspace for an individual to feel purposed within the community. This was largely manifestedthrough the revered papacy and the institutionalization of salvation that claimed one can only besaved within the Church. However, the fifteenth century brought the Renaissance along with acertain resistance from society for more individualism. McGrath’s assessment of the influencethat Martin Luther and other contemporaries had during the 1520’s and early 1530’s on the shift

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