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Complete Idiot's Guide to the Reformation and Protestantism (Complete Idiot's Guide Series)

James Stuart Bell (Jr)

Complete Idiot's Guide to the Reformation and Protestantism (Complete Idiot's Guide Series)

James Stuart Bell (Jr)

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I. THE CHRISTIAN FAITH BEFORE THE REFORMATION. 1. Just What Are These Reformers Reforming, Anyway? Against All Odds: How It Started. The Early Church: Not What We're Used To. Time to Fan Out-Whether We Want to or Not! The Life of Paul: From Persecutor to Unstoppable Agent of the Faith. Paul's Letter to the Romans: The Seed That Grew into the Reformation. 2. Now This Is a Faith Worth Living For! So What Do We Do Now? Bishops, Bishops Everywhere! Just What Do We Believe, Anyway? How the Church Got The Book. Loading the Canon. Nobody Said It Would Be Easy-Or Even Safe! We Won't Bow, and You Can't Make Us! Not in Our Empire! 3. The Church Goes Imperial. Any Friend of Constantine's. The Church Becomes Official. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Church-Government Bond. Four Guys It's Good to Remember. Rising to the Top: The Growing Authority of Rome. The Pope Becomes a World Ruler. A Papal Power Struggle. Who's Running the Show Now? You Can Fool Some of the Papal Some of the Time. The Pollution of the Papacy. The Papacy Makes a Comeback. On Top Again! The Height of Papal Power. The Church Flexes Its Muscle. It's All Downhill from Here: The Decline of the Papacy. A Papal Fiasco-Uh, Schism. The Papacy Takes a Beating. 4. Rebels, Rabble-Rousers, and Revolutionaries: The Reformers. The Apostle Paul, the Trail Blazer for the Reformers. Where's Peter Waldo? No Matter How You Spell His Name, John Wycliffe Was Trouble. John Huss, a Truly Bohemian Reformer. Savonarola Turns Up the Heat. Waiting for the Right Time. 5. The Right Message at the Right Time. Something's Gotta Give! What Happens When Reading and Faith Mix. This Is Not Our Father's Faith! Humanists, Humanists Everywhere! Thinking, Reading, and Worshiping-As an Individual. The Power of the Press. The Time Is Now. II. THE DIFFERENCE THE REFORMERS MADE. 6. A Different Kind of Reformation. The Mystical Side of Christianity This Mysticism Is Nothing New! What Do You Want to Do with Your Life, Francis? The Mystics Make a Difference. The Late Middle Ages Church: We Need Something Different! A Religion the People Could Touch, Feel, Experience. The Movers and Shakers in Pre-Reformation Christian Mysticism. It's a Common Life! No Doubting Thomas. Erasmus Lays an Egg. 7. The Making of the Man for the Mission. Martin's Childhood: Hard Work, Hard Discipline, and Lots of Ambition. On the Road to DamascusOr Was It Erfurt? Martin Luther, the Doubting Priest. When Luther Turned Lutheran. 8. It All Started over Indulgences. Just What Was the Argument About? Get Your Forgiveness Here! Luther's Message to the Church: Let's Talk! When the Gap Widened to a Gulf. I'll Put That in Writing! Martin Luther's Right-Hand Man. The Burning of the Bull. Luther Opens Another Can of W"rms. No Matter What the Pope May Say, Reformation's Here to Stay! 9. The Ups and Downs of Lutheranism. Luther Stands Tall in Wittenberg. Lutheranism on a Roll! What a Revolting Development! Just Where Do These Lutherans Fit In? The Loss of a Great Leader. Religious War-It Was Only a Matter of Time. So What's Next for the Lutherans? Peaceful Coexistence at Last. What Do You Mean, Peace of Augsburg? 10. The Reformation Expands. Lutheranism Goes Scandinavian. Switzerland-Different Country, Different Reformation. The Life and Times of Ulrich. A New Last Supper. Zwingli versus Luther-The Battle of the Reformers . Trouble for Zwinglianism. Zwingli Meets His Demise. The Molding and Making of the Reformer Calvin. 11. The Reformation Changes Hands. The Beginnings of Calvinism. Making the Law of God the Law of the Land. The Bonding of Church and State. Calvinism Hits the RoadAnd It Never Stops. The Long and Living Legacy of Calvin. 12. The Spread of th

- Publisher 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.-- No competition in the marketplace, and readers are asking for this book!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 theAnglican 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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I. THE CHRISTIAN FAITH BEFORE THE REFORMATION. 1. Just What Are These Reformers Reforming, Anyway? Against All Odds: How It Started. The Early Church: Not What We're Used To. Time to Fan Out-Whether We Want to or Not! The Life of Paul: From Persecutor to Unstoppable Agent of the Faith. Paul's Letter to the Romans: The Seed That Grew into the Reformation. 2. Now This Is a Faith Worth Living For! So What Do We Do Now? Bishops, Bishops Everywhere! Just What Do We Believe, Anyway? How the Church Got The Book. Loading the Canon. Nobody Said It Would Be Easy-Or Even Safe! We Won't Bow, and You Can't Make Us! Not in Our Empire! 3. The Church Goes Imperial. Any Friend of Constantine's. The Church Becomes Official. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The Church-Government Bond. Four Guys It's Good to Remember. Rising to the Top: The Growing Authority of Rome. The Pope Becomes a World Ruler. A Papal Power Struggle. Who's Running the Show Now? You Can Fool Some of the Papal Some of the Time. The Pollution of the Papacy. The Papacy Makes a Comeback. On Top Again! The Height of Papal Power. The Church Flexes Its Muscle. It's All Downhill from Here: The Decline of the Papacy. A Papal Fiasco-Uh, Schism. The Papacy Takes a Beating. 4. Rebels, Rabble-Rousers, and Revolutionaries: The Reformers. The Apostle Paul, the Trail Blazer for the Reformers. Where's Peter Waldo? No Matter How You Spell His Name, John Wycliffe Was Trouble. John Huss, a Truly Bohemian Reformer. Savonarola Turns Up the Heat. Waiting for the Right Time. 5. The Right Message at the Right Time. Something's Gotta Give! What Happens When Reading and Faith Mix. This Is Not Our Father's Faith! Humanists, Humanists Everywhere! Thinking, Reading, and Worshiping-As an Individual. The Power of the Press. The Time Is Now. II. THE DIFFERENCE THE REFORMERS MADE. 6. A Different Kind of Reformation. The Mystical Side of Christianity This Mysticism Is Nothing New! What Do You Want to Do with Your Life, Francis? The Mystics Make a Difference. The Late Middle Ages Church: We Need Something Different! A Religion the People Could Touch, Feel, Experience. The Movers and Shakers in Pre-Reformation Christian Mysticism. It's a Common Life! No Doubting Thomas. Erasmus Lays an Egg. 7. The Making of the Man for the Mission. Martin's Childhood: Hard Work, Hard Discipline, and Lots of Ambition. On the Road to DamascusOr Was It Erfurt? Martin Luther, the Doubting Priest. When Luther Turned Lutheran. 8. It All Started over Indulgences. Just What Was the Argument About? Get Your Forgiveness Here! Luther's Message to the Church: Let's Talk! When the Gap Widened to a Gulf. I'll Put That in Writing! Martin Luther's Right-Hand Man. The Burning of the Bull. Luther Opens Another Can of W"rms. No Matter What the Pope May Say, Reformation's Here to Stay! 9. The Ups and Downs of Lutheranism. Luther Stands Tall in Wittenberg. Lutheranism on a Roll! What a Revolting Development! Just Where Do These Lutherans Fit In? The Loss of a Great Leader. Religious War-It Was Only a Matter of Time. So What's Next for the Lutherans? Peaceful Coexistence at Last. What Do You Mean, Peace of Augsburg? 10. The Reformation Expands. Lutheranism Goes Scandinavian. Switzerland-Different Country, Different Reformation. The Life and Times of Ulrich. A New Last Supper. Zwingli versus Luther-The Battle of the Reformers . Trouble for Zwinglianism. Zwingli Meets His Demise. The Molding and Making of the Reformer Calvin. 11. The Reformation Changes Hands. The Beginnings of Calvinism. Making the Law of God the Law of the Land. The Bonding of Church and State. Calvinism Hits the RoadAnd It Never Stops. The Long and Living Legacy of Calvin. 12. The Spread of th
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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.-- No competition in the marketplace, and readers are asking for this book!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 theAnglican 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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Meet the Author

James Stuart Bell (Jr)

James Stuart Bell, Jr., was director of religious publishing at Doubleday, executive director of Bridge Publishing, and executive editor at Moody Publishing. He has written or consulted for more than a dozen other Christian publishers. At present he is the owner of Whitestone Communications, Inc., a literary development agency. His roles include writer, editor, compiler, packager, publishing consultant, and literary agent. He has compiled Cup of Comfort, Life Savors, and God Encounters series, and the co-author of numerous books in the Complete Idiots Guide series. He makes his home in the western suburbs of Chicago and is married with four children.

Table Of Contents

  • I. The Christian Faith Before The Reformation. 1. Just What Are These Reformers Reforming, Anyway? Against All Odds: How It Started. The Early Church: Not What We're Used To. Time To Fan Out-whether We Want To Or Not! The Life Of Paul: From Persecutor To Unstoppable Agent Of The Faith. Paul's Letter To The Romans: The Seed That Grew Into The Reformation. 2. Now This Is A Faith Worth Living For! So What Do We Do Now? Bishops, Bishops Everywhere! Just What Do We Believe, Anyway? How The Church Got "the Book". Loading The Canon. Nobody Said It Would Be Easy-or Even Safe! We Won't Bow, And You Can't Make Us! Not In Our Empire! 3. The Church Goes Imperial. Any Friend Of Constantine's!. The Church Becomes "official". The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: The Church-government Bond. Four Guys It's Good To Remember. Rising To The Top: The Growing Authority Of Rome. The Pope Becomes A World Ruler. A Papal Power Struggle. Who's Running The Show Now? You Can Fool Some Of The Papal Some Of The Time!. The Pollution Of The Papacy. The Papacy Makes A Comeback. On Top Again! The Height Of Papal Power. The Church Flexes Its Muscle. It's All Downhill From Here: The Decline Of The Papacy. A Papal Fiasco-uh, Schism. The Papacy Takes A Beating. 4. Rebels, Rabble-rousers, And Revolutionaries: The Reformers. The Apostle Paul, The Trail Blazer For The Reformers. Where's Peter Waldo? No Matter How You Spell His Name, John Wycliffe Was Trouble. John Huss, A Truly Bohemian Reformer. Savonarola Turns Up The Heat. Waiting For The Right Time. 5. The Right Message At The Right Time. Something's Gotta Give! What Happens When Reading And Faith Mix. This Is Not Our Father's Faith! Humanists, Humanists Everywhere! Thinking, Reading, And Worshiping-as An Individual. The Power Of The Press. The Time Is Now. Ii. The Difference The Reformers Made. 6. A "different" Kind Of Reformation. The "mystical" Side Of Christianity This Mysticism Is Nothing New! What Do You Want To Do With Your Life, Francis? The Mystics Make A Difference. The Late Middle Ages Church: "we Need Something Different!" A Religion The People Could Touch, Feel, Experience. The Movers And Shakers In Pre-reformation Christian Mysticism. It's A Common Life! No Doubting Thomas. Erasmus Lays An Egg. 7. The Making Of The Man For The Mission. Martin's Childhood: Hard Work, Hard Discipline, And Lots Of Ambition. On The Road To Damascus!or Was It Erfurt? Martin Luther, The Doubting Priest. When Luther Turned "lutheran". 8. It All Started Over Indulgences. Just What Was The Argument About? Get Your Forgiveness Here! Luther's Message To The Church: "let's Talk!" When The Gap Widened To A Gulf. I'll Put That In Writing! Martin Luther's Right-hand Man. The Burning Of The Bull. Luther Opens Another Can Of Worms. No Matter What The Pope May Say, Reformation's Here To Stay! 9. The Ups And Downs Of Lutheranism. Luther Stands Tall In Wittenberg. Lutheranism On A Roll! What A Revolting Development! Just Where Do These Lutherans Fit In? The Loss Of A Great Leader. Religious War-it Was Only A Matter Of Time. So What's Next For The Lutherans? Peaceful Coexistence At Last. What Do You Mean, "peace Of Augsburg"? 10. The Reformation Expands. Lutheranism Goes Scandinavian. Switzerland-different Country, Different Reformation. The Life And Times Of Ulrich. A "new" Last Supper. Zwingli Versus Luther-the Battle Of The Reformers . Trouble For Zwinglianism. Zwingli Meets His Demise. The Molding And Making Of The Reformer Calvin. 11. The Reformation Changes Hands. The Beginnings Of Calvinism. Making The Law Of God The Law Of The Land. The Bonding Of Church And State. Calvinism Hits The Road!and It Never Stops. The Long And Living Legacy Of Calvin. 12. The Spread Of The Reformed Faith. Calvinism Goes International. The Leader Of The Scottish Reformation. Scotland: On The Verge Of Something Big. The Legacy Of Knox: Presbyterianism In Scotland. A Return Of Roman Catholicism To Scotland? The End Of A Full And Productive Life. 3. Results Of The Reformation. 13. England's Own Brand Of Reformation. Lollards: Thorns In The Pope's Side. When Intolerant Words Turn To Persecution. Wycliffe Hands Off To Tyndale!. A Backdoor Route To Reformation. Go Ahead! Try To Stop This Reformation! 14. The Struggles For Reformation In England. Pick A Religion And Go With It! What Does Puritanism Really Mean? King James Takes The Throne. The Man Who Could Have Been King. The Legacy Of The Puritan Revolution. 15. The Radical Side Of The Reformation. Who Were The Anabaptists? The Creation Of A Munster. Menno Simons Saves Anabaptism. The Amish-a New Kind Of Anabaptist. Hearing It For The Hutterites. The Beginnings Of Quakerism. 16. The Catholic Church's Own Reformation. Calls For Reformation-from Within. A Mystical Kind Of Reform. Spain's Contribution To The Catholic Reformation. The Humanists And What They Did For Reformation. Reformation By Inquisition. Reading And Writing-but Only What The Church Says You Can. A Revival Of Monasteries And Monasticism. A Different Kind Of Reformer. Where Did This Reformation Leave Us? 17. Martyrdom: The Darker Side Of The Reformation. How Could This Have Happened? Persecution And Martyrdom Of The Pre-reformation Reformers. The Martyrs And The Inquisition. Anabaptists: Paying The Price For A Different Kind Of Reformation. Martyrdom In The "low Countries". The Tragedy On St. Bartholomew's Day. It Has To Stop Somewhere! 18. Wars, Rumors Of Wars, Then A Lasting Religious Peace. The End Of Protestantism As We Know It? A Chance For Unity Within Protestantism. The Thirty Years' War: The Mother Of All Religious Conflicts. A Devastated Continent, A Shattered Germany. 19. The Renewals And Revivals Of Europe. The Evangelical Revival. The Look Of Pre-revival England. The Wonderful Work Of The Wesleys. The Early Life And Times Of George Whitefield. A Split In The Methodist Movement. The Winding Down Of Whitefield. The Legacy Of The Methodist Revival. 20. The Reformation: What It Left Us. So What Was So Great About The Reformation? The Writings Of History And Of The Past. How Great Thou "art". It Has A Nice Sound, And You Can Worship God To It. When Science Stopped Answering To The Church. The Protestant Reformation And What It Did For Philosophy. The Reformation's Bottom Line: Changes In Religion. 21. The Reformation In North America Before--the American Revolution. Why In The World Would Anyone Move To America? What Is So Pure About Puritanism? The Heart Of Puritanism. Puritans Get To Virginia-what Now? Puritans As Separatists. The Plantations Grow Into A Big Plant. Puritan Life. Pieces Of A Jigsaw Puzzle. Changes, Changes! The Great Awakening. Waking Up Sometimes Takes Time. The End Of The Great Awakening. The Rising Star Of Methodism. Protestants Preparing For The American Revolution. 22. The Reformation During And After The American Revolution. The Great Awakening-what It Meant Before The American Revolution. So How Did The Churches Approach The Revolution? Post-revolution Protestantism-a Special Religious Crisis. The Second Great Awakening. The Protestant Work Ethic And The Spread Of The United States. Protestantism And Slavery. The White Protestant Churches After The Civil War. 23. Protestantism Today. As Good As It Gets. The Negatives. Some Representative Protestants Today. How Evangelicals And Fundamentalists Have Been Shaped By The Reformation. Building A Big Thing-a Bridge Or A Church. Evangelism. The Mixture Of Religious Dream And Nonreligious Aims. Protestantism As A Source Of Democracy-and The Future. The Future Of Protestantism. Iv. Appendixes. Appendix A. Martin Luther's 95 Theses. Appendix B. Bibliography. Index.
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