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Publication Date: 17 Aug 2017
Publisher: SPCK Publishing
Page Count: 160
Author: Rodney Stark
ISBN-13: 9780281078271, 9780281078288

Reformation Myths

Five Centuries Of Misconceptions And (Some) Misfortunes
By Rodney Stark
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What has the Reformation ever done for us?

A lot less than you might think, as Rodney Stark shows in this enlightening and entertaining antidote to recent books about the rise of Protestantism and its legacy.

‘Rodney Stark takes no prisoners as he charges through five hundred years of history, upsetting apple carts left and right. Almost everything you thought you knew about the Reformation turns out to be a false narrative. . . In future, anyone who makes sweeping claims about the benefits of Protestantism ought to check their assumptions against Stark’s research first.’ Clifford Longley, author and journalist

‘Stark brings the insights of a distinguished sociologist of religion to bear on a range of inherited assumptions about the impact of the Reformation . . . The result makes for salutary reading in this year of commemoration and (not always justified) celebration.’ Peter Marshall, Professor of History, University of Warwick

‘Stark changed the way we think about the early Church and this book may change the way you think about Protestantism . . . Reformation Myths cuts through pious certainties and challenges us to think again about our cultural history.’ Linda Woodhead MBE DD, Professor of Sociology of Religion, Lancaster University
About the Author
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 received prestigious book awards.
Press Reviews

Rodney Stark takes aim at one “myth” after another. . . He is like a man carefully setting up skittles before firing down bowling balls of fact and argument to send them scattering.

- Catholic Herald

so much helpful historical reflection

- Michael Haykin

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