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The Spirit of Protestantism
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Robert McAfee Brown
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Oxford University Press
. . . Few words have been more widely misunderstood, or more variously defined, than 'Protestantism'. . .'To protest'. . . in the true meaning of the word, is to make certain affirmations, to give testimony on behalf of certain things.

The Spirit of Protestantism is an affirmative book based on the "large body of shared convictions" of the various Protestant groups, and on the author's own beliefs. Professor Brown writes directly to the reader as he discusses the place of the Bible in Protestantism, the laity and the clergy, worship, the relationship between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, and finally, social and individual ethics.

". . . the most useful treatment of the nature of Protestant Christianity I have seen. It is thoroughly scholarly, and communicates with clarity. The felicity of its style keeps on reading it right through."
-- The Right Reverend James A. Pike, Bishop of California

"I foresee this book doing a world of good for our basic audience -- pastors, theological students, and educated laymen. It will serve their needs for orientation, ecumenical perspective, bibliography, and some good illustrations."
-- Albert C. Outler, Perkins School of Theology

Robert McAfee Brown, currently Professor of Religion at Stanford University, was formerly Auburn Professor of Systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary. Ordained by the Presbytery of New York in 1945, he then served as a Navy Chaplain in the Pacific. He is the author of The Bible Speaks to You, The Significance of the Church, and, with gustave Weigel, S.J., An American Dialogue.