February 16, 2014
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Alister McGrath in his text Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution—A History from the Seventeenth Century to the Twenty-First provides a very detailed and in-depth definition of Protestantism as he understands it to be. He concludes that Protestantism is much more than a set of biblical doctrine but more so a theological method; a way in which the church should work. The “dangerous idea” that McGrath speaks of is the idea that believers should return to the basics of Christianity—return to the Bible itself and the work of Christ. His dangerous idea is that believers look to scripture in an attempt to make it fit into one’s own understanding and cultural setting. Protestantism as it is presented in this text is portrayed as a “radical” return to biblical basics.
Evangelical author Alister McGrath has written numerous books on the study of theology as well as historical theology. He has also written about various other elements related to the Christian faith. McGrath has also taught in both England and Canada and he holds two different doctorate degrees. His writing provides a clear and easy to read format on subjects that are vast and often overwhelm the reader. In Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution—A History from the Seventeenth Century to the Twenty-First the reader is given a very “radical” way in which to view Protestantism; a faith that is ever growing and changing based on the situation and culture.
Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The...