Reformation Myths Paperback

Five Centuries of Misconceptions and (Some) Misfortunes

by Rodney Stark

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Dispel the dangerous myths and rumours that distort the meaning and truth of the reformation with this book by Rodney Stark.

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Reformation Myths

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  • Want to read the real Reformation?
  • Rodney Stark continues the disruptive inquisition from Bearing False Witness in this revealing Reformation history
  • Understand why so many people champion the Reformation, and why they may be wrong...

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.

Reformation Myths by Rodney Stark was published by SPCK Publishing in August 2017 and is our 45059th best seller. The ISBN for Reformation Myths is 9780281078271.

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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

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 Founding Editor of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, Honorary Professor of Sociology at Peking University in Beijing, China, and past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and of the Association for the Sociology of Religion.

His most recent book is Bearing False Witness: Debunking centuries of anti-Catholic history (SPCK, 2017), his bestselling book The Rise of Christianity was a Pulitzer Prize Finalist and three of his other books have received Distinguished Book Awards.

Raised as a Lutheran, he has identified himself as an agnostic but now calls himself an 'independent Christian'.


Details for Reformation Myths

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK Publishing (August 2017)
Number of Pages160
Height198 mm
Width129 mm
Product Code4516664
Page last updated 1st November 2018
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