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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
PublisherBBC Books
Number of pages304
ISBN (Print)0563539208, 9780563539209
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2007


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