An entertaining and enlightening expose of over-inflated claims about the Reformation and what it has done for us, written by a Pulitzer Prize shortlisted historian of international standing. Containing scathing indictments of popular historical distortions and misrepresentations of the birth and legacy of Protestantism in the West, the book is a welcome antidote to all the triumphalist books on the Reformation flooding the market this year.
Introduction: The Mythical 'Protestant'
Chapter 1. The Myths of Full Pews, Pious Kings, and Limited Monarchies
Chapter 2. The Misfortune of State Churches, Forced Piety, and Bigotry
Chapter 3. The Misfortune of Nationalistic States
Chapter 4. The Myth of the Protestant Ethic
Chapter 5. The Myth of the Protestant Scientific 'Revolution'
Chapter 6. The Myth of Protestant Individualism and Suicide
Chapter 7. The Myth of Protestant Secularization
Chapter 8. The Myth of Harmful Protestant Effects on the Catholic Church
Rodney Stark is Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and Co-Director of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, Texas. He is also Honorary Professor of Sociology at Peking University in Beijing, China. His bestselling book, The Rise of Christianity, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and three of his other books have recieved prestigious book awards. He is also the author of Bearing False Witness: Debunking Centuries of Anti-Catholic History.