Book Critique of Essay

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LIBERTY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

BOOK CRITIQUE OF
ALISTER MCGRATH’S CHRISTIANITY’S DANGEROUS IDEA

A Paper
Submitted to Dr. Martin Klauber
In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Course in
History of Christian Church History II
CHHI 525

By: KMARYAN PANADERO

June 15, 2013

Table of Contents
Introduction…………………………………………………….. 1
Brief Summary…………………………………………………. 1
Critical Interaction……………………………………………… 3
Conclusion……………………………………………………… 9
Bibliography……………………………………………………. 10

Introduction Alister McGrath, from the very beginning of this book, plainly states what the dangerous idea is all about. “The dangerous new idea, firmly embodied at the heart of the Protestant
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It especially dwells on the birth of Pentecostalism and how it has emerged as an answer to the spiritual and religious needs of the urban poor in the South. It traces the growth of this new movement as it has rapidly spread, making its presence known worldwide during the last half of the twentieth century.
Critical Interaction The author begins his story by dissecting the term Protestantism. Where did the word originate and who it referred to and why. He then immediately justifies his reason for writing this study which he defines in five points: “First, recent scholarship has moved decisively away from the older tendency—evident in such distinguished work as Geoffrey Elton’s Reformation Europe” It is to attempt to give a better understanding of the origins and development of the Protestant movement in the light of contemporary society that McGrath has done this study. Second, that the Catholic reforming movements were not a response to the criticisms of the Protestant reformers but were deeply enmeshed in the church itself. It was this that created the need for reform and paved the groundwork for the Protestant reformation movement. The third concern was the theological rather than the historical importance of the movement. Earlier scholars had tended to treat Reformation and Protestantism as one and the same. However, the

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