Throughout the 476 pages, McGrath paints a broad and comprehensive portrait of the rise of ... The 'dangerous idea' is that there is no authority apart from the Bible--yet the Bible is open to many diverse interpretations. The result is a colorful five hundred year history of remarkable innovation and adaptability marked by seeming incoherence and instability. An edition of Christianity's dangerous idea (2007) Christianity's dangerous idea the Protestant revolution -- a history from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first 1st ed.
However, it ultimately proved uncontrollable, spawning developments that few at the time could have envisaged or predicted." Christianity's dangerous idea was not Protestantism itself, but the core idea that lay behind it. And, that idea was that the individual Christian, not the institutional Church, had the right to interpret the Bible for himself.