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I have read and recommended many books to friends, acquaintances, and strangers over the years, but I have done so selectively, carefully choosing what I recommend and to whom I recommend it. I have found few books, aside from dictionaries and Douglas Adams, that I would urge on others almost without condition. I have added one to that list: Protestants: The Radicals Who Made The Modern World, by Alec Ryrie.  

The Protestant Reformation made and remade what we consider to be modern Western Civilization, and regardless of what your faith is (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Atheist), Protestantism has affected it for good or ill, even if you live half a world away from the epicenters of its origins in Europe. Regardless of whether you are even a Christian, you live in a world where Protestant Christianity has shaped, and even governed the way entire nations have thought and acted. If the 20th Century was the American Century, and the 19th Century was the British, then both were also the Protestant Centuries, for the very identities of those nations were inextricably bound up with Protestantism, both in their greatest triumphs and darkest sins. Alec Ryrie, a devout Anglican himself, presents the history of Protestant thought, denominations, and life in a single narrative volume that spans the past 500 years. It is his love letter to his faith, but told fairly and written with honesty and humor, and as such, it is an invaluable window into seeing the state of the modern world, and the origins and workings out of much of what we assume to be true.

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We pray. Christians pray to the triune G-d. This post is one in a series on Christian prayer, and how we learn to pray from the Lord’s Prayer. Today we come to the “petition” where we ask our Heavenly Father for stuff. We cannot help but be self-centered in wanting stuff, but as we learn […]

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After a three-week delay, I am continuing my series on Christian prayer. Christians pray to G-d, and we learn how to pray from the Bible and from fellow Christians. Sometimes we even borrow from non-Christian sources. Our chief source is generally the Lord’s Prayer, because that is where Jesus taught His Disciples to pray. Here […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer. In this week’s lesson we consider what it means to pray for G-d’s Kingdom to come. G-d’s kingdom is everything. He made the universe and everything in it. He made us and we belong to Him. So, why do we […]

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We are reviewing orthodox Christian teachings on how to pray by examining the Lord’s Prayer. Here is the Lord’s Prayer, from Matthew, Chapter 6: 9 Pray then like this: Preview Open

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This is part two of my series on the teachings of orthodox Christians regarding prayer. We commonly teach about prayer by using the prayer that Jesus taught to His disciples. It is found in the Sermon on the Mount. From Matthew Chapter 6: Preview Open

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This is to summarize my series of posts on the Ten Commandments. The point of this exercise was to begin an exploration of the boundaries of orthodox Christianity. So far we have established that all Christians who consider themselves “orthodox” are in agreement about teachings on the Ten Commandments. That is a lot of agreement. […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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Today marks the 499th anniversary of the day when Martin Luther posted an invitation to debate on the parish bulletin board. Tradition says that this was the church door, which was a common-enough practice, so we accept the “nailed to the church door” narrative. The common title given to this invitation to debate is the […]

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Here is a new exploration of the bounds of orthodoxy in Christianity. I have been progressing through the Ten Commandments, at the beginning of a program to delineate the boundaries of what can be called “orthodox” among Christians. So far we are mostly in agreement. This week we will look at another Commandment, this time […]

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Christians, this is to continue my exploration of orthodoxy, continuing with teachings derived from the Ten Commandments. From Exodus, chapter 20, we have this Commandment: 15 “You shall not steal. Preview Open

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Christians, let us continue to explore the boundaries of orthodoxy. Today’s topic is sexual immorality. Exodus 20: 14 “You shall not commit adultery. Preview Open

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It’s time for another lesson from Luther’s Small Catechism. Today we consider the Commandment to honor our parents. Lutherans number this as the Fourth Commandment. Here is the Commandment, from Exodus Chapter 20: 12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving […]

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In three previous posts I wrote about the Ten Commandments. The first Commandments apply to the relationship we all have with G-d. The second table of the Commandments applies to the relationships we have with each other. This is why you see the Ten Commandments illustrated with three Commandments on one tablet and seven Commandments […]

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