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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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In the various attempts to reach that common aspiration these movements went through a series of debates, controversies, tensions and strife which was indicative of the Protestant movement from its inception and which brought about the Reformation. The fourth factor that necessitates a new study is the fact that many existing analyses have been biased by the ideas and perceptions of Protestant leaders which have distorted the perception and development of the movement. The last reason McGrath gives for the need of a new study is the fact that Protestantism itself has changed in the last fifty years. This study brings to the reader and to the scholar an updated version of the present-day Protestant movement, its impact in present-day society and an analysis of its significance in the future of Christianity. McGrath’s Christianity’s Dangerous Idea attempts to tell the story of Protestantism from its early beginnings up to its present-day form. A similar and parallel story is found in Justo Gonzalez’s The Story of Christianity in which he also gives a narrative of the origin, growth and development of the Protestant movement from the Reformation to the present day. However, Gonzalez not only gives an account of Protestantism but of Christianity as a whole while McGrath concentrates his study on Protestantism alone. In addition, McGrath not only narrates but also gives a prophetic

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