The Blackwell Companion to Protestantism

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Alister E. McGrath, Darren C. Marks
Wiley, 2004 - Religion - 512 pages
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This Companion brings together new contributions from internationally renowned scholars in order to examine the past, present and future of Protestantism.The volume opens with an investigation into the formation of Protestant identity, looking at its historical development across Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia and Africa. This section includes coverage of leading Protestant thinkers, such as Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher and Barth. The Companion then goes on to consider the interaction of Protestantism with different areas of modern life, including the arts, politics, the law and science. A final section looks to the future of Protestantism, debating what will happen to both Western and non-Western Protestant movements.The Companion takes seriously the shift in Protestantism from a predominantly North Atlantic perspective to a more global reality. A strength of the volume is contributions by indigenous scholars on regional Protestant history and context as well as essays that examine the nature of neo-Protestant forms and the future of historic Protestantism identities as a consequence of increasing secularity and the emergence of ‘new’ non-Eurocentric or American Protestants.This Companion brings together new contributions from internationally renowned scholars in order to examine the past, present and future of Protestantism.The volume opens with an investigation into the formation of Protestant identity, looking at its historical development across Europe, North America, Asia, Australasia and Africa. This section includes coverage of leading Protestant thinkers, such as Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher and Barth. The Companion then goes on to consider the interaction of Protestantism with different areas of modern life, including the arts, politics, the law and science. A final section looks to the future of Protestantism, debating what will happen to both Western and non-Western Protestant movements.The Companion takes seriously the shift in Protestantism from a predominantly North Atlantic perspective to a more global reality. A strength of the volume is contributions by indigenous scholars on regional Protestant history and context as well as essays that examine the nature of neo-Protestant forms and the future of historic Protestantism identities as a consequence of increasing secularity and the emergence of ‘new’ non-Eurocentric or American Protestants.

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Alister E. McGrath is Professor of Historical Theology at Oxford University, and Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford. He is a world-renowned theologian, and is the author of numerous bestselling titles available through Blackwell Publishing, including Christian Theology: An Introduction (4th edition, 2007), Christian Theology Reader (3rd edition, 2007), and Dawkins' God (2005).

Darren C. Marks is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Huron University College and in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of numerous articles in systematic theology and Canadian ecclesiastical history, and is the editor of Shaping a Global Theological Mind (2007) and the forthcoming Justifying God: A Theology of Sin.

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