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Acknowledgments. Introduction: Law and Gospel. 1. Foundations. Wittenberg and Rome. Swiss Protestants. Reformations. Geneva and Europe. 2. Kingdoms. Kings, Priests, and Prophets. Civic Protestantism. The Politics of Faith. 3. Communities. Biblical Utopias. The Pursuit of Purity. New World Protestants. 4. Dominions. Bonds of Communion. Christian Subjects. Protestant Environments. The Missionary Turn. 5. Revivals. Signs of the Times. True Christianity. The End of Reformation. Epilogue: Modern Protestants. Endnotes. Index.

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C. Scott Dixon is Senior Lecturer at Queen s University of Belfast, UK. He is the author of numerous books and articles on early modern religious history, including The Reformation and Rural Society (1996) and The Reformation in Germany (2002). Dixon has been the recipient of Alexander von Humboldt research fellowships in association with the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuttel and the Freie Universitat Berlin.


In this thoughtful and highly original book, Scott Dixontakes a thematic approach to the process of building the newChristian communities Scott Dixon has done an admirablejob, given the constraints of space and the breadth of hiscoverage, in painting a broad-ranging and sophisticated picture ofa complex and expansive movement. (EHR OxfordJournal Clippings, 6 June 2012)"Dixon's contribution lies, rather, in his fascinating and highlyoriginal thesis that the formative phase of Protestantism, as acreative social force, must be viewed as extending to therevivalist impulses of the 18th-century Great Awakening in the NewWorld...Dixon's writing here is detailed, solid, and compelling.Summing Up: Highly recommended." (Choice, 1 May 2011) "This is a remarkable work, for its striking originality, itspowerful and independent-minded synthesis, its sensitivity to theprimary and secondary material, its deployment of really grippingexamples and case studies, and its conjoining of the European andNorth American Protestant experience . MarkGreengrass, University of Sheffield

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