Protestantism

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Protestantism, Third Edition explores the origins, customs, and history of Protestantism, from its beginnings in the 16the century to its role in today's world. Current issues, such as birth control, abortion, the ordination of homosexuals and women, and the relationship between religion and politics, are explored within the framework of the fundamental moral tenets of the faith. This accessible volume also examines the political diversity among people of the Protestant faith.

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Overview

Protestantism, Third Edition explores the origins, customs, and history of Protestantism, from its beginnings in the 16the century to its role in today's world. Current issues, such as birth control, abortion, the ordination of homosexuals and women, and the relationship between religion and politics, are explored within the framework of the fundamental moral tenets of the faith. This accessible volume also examines the political diversity among people of the Protestant faith.

Almost from the start of civilization more than 10,000 years ago, religion has shaped human history. Today more than half the world's population adhere to a major religion or indigenous spiritual tradition. In societies through-out the world, increasing ethnic and cultural diversity has led to a variety of religions being practiced side by side. This makes it vital that we understand as much as we can about the world's religions.

Rigorously nonsectarian, the books in the World Religions series offer clear, accessible overviews of the major religious traditions of our time, including

Geographical distribution

Origins and history

Central beliefs, rituals, and sacred sites

Contributions to world civilization

Carefully chosen photographs complement the text, and sidebars, a map, fact file, glossary, bibliography, further reading, and index are included to help readers gain a more complete understanding of the subject at hand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604131123
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: World Religions Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 6

Chapter 1 Introduction: The Protestant World 8

Chapter 2 The Origins of Protestantism 20

Chapter 3 The History of Protestantism 50

Chapter 4 Branches of Protestantism and Their Basic Beliefs 62

Chapter 5 Rites of Passage 90

Chapter 6 The Impact of Protestantism 104

Chapter 7 Protestantism Facing New Challenges 122

Fact File and Bibliography 136

Further Reading and Web Sites 137

Glossary 138

Index 140

About the Author and Series Editors 144

Picture Credits 144

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