I’m just about finished with Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution–A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First (amazon.com/Christianitys-Dangerous-Idea-Revolution-Twenty-First/dp/0061436860)
The author, Alister Mcgrath, has been remarkably even handed between Catholicism and Protestantism. The book consists of three main parts: the history of the protestant reformation, the ideas of protestant reformation and various protestant beliefs that arose from it, and where it is heading now.
My purpose in this thread is to explore some ideas that are not exactly new but not well accepted either.
Namely, that we can all thank Protestantism for:
Though the author does not include it, I would add a fourth:
I’ll address each of these separately in subsequent posts.
For now let me simply note that this thread is not an argument for Protetant theology in its various forms, though that is far from irrelevant here. Protestantism is a very loosly related set of, dare we say, heresies. The two main ones are:
*]sola scriptura, and
*]priesthood of all believers.
Protestants themselves very early on realized that these two principles led to a third:
And while it is certainly interesting to discuss the validity of these ideas, what is most interesting is how they led to the above-mentioned innovations in human society.
Which raises the inevitable question: was Protestantism part of God’s plan?