Rebel in the Ranks by Brad S. Gregory audiobook

Rebel in the Ranks: Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the Conflicts That Continue to Shape Our World

By Brad S. Gregory
Read by Sean Runnette

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062471178

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538454145

  • ISBN: 9781538454121

  • ISBN: 9781538454138

Runtime: 9.77 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation comes this compelling, illuminating, and expansive religious history that examines the complicated and unintended legacies of Martin Luther and the epochal movement that continues to shape the world today.

For five centuries, Martin Luther has been lionized as an outspoken and fearless icon of change who ended the Middle Ages and heralded the beginning of the modern world. In Rebel in the Ranks, Brad Gregory, renowned professor of European history at Notre Dame, recasts this long-accepted portrait. Luther did not intend to start a revolution that would divide the Catholic Church and forever change Western civilization. Yet his actions would profoundly shape our world in ways he could never have imagined.

Gregory analyzes Luther’s inadvertent role in starting the Reformation and the epochal changes that followed. He reveals how Luther’s insistence on the Bible as the sole authority for Christian truth led to conflicting interpretations of its meaning—and to the rise of competing churches, political conflicts, and social upheavals. Ultimately, he contends, some of the major historical and cultural developments that arose in its wake—including the Enlightenment, individual self-determination and moral relativism, and a religious freedom that protects one’s right to worship or even to reject religion—would have appalled Luther: a reluctant revolutionary, a rebel in the ranks, whose goal was to make society more Christian, yet instead set the world on fire.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Brad Gregory expertly describes both the significance of Martin Luther (as the first Protestant) and the tremendous impact of the Reformation era on everything that has followed.” Mark Noll, author of Protestantism: A Very Short Introduction

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Author

Author Bio: Brad S. Gregory

Author Bio: Brad S. Gregory

Brad Gregory is a professor of European history at Notre Dame and the author of several books, including Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe, which received the prestigious Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award and the American Catholic Historical Association’s John Gilmary Shea Prize, among others. His book The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society was named a Book of the Year by the Spectator, the Times Literary Supplement, and by ABC Religion & Ethics. He also received the first annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities from the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 9.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English