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We the People/ AD 1600 to AD 1800 / Democracy, Christendom's Unintended Achievement / Volume Ten of The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years History Series

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We The People

Volume 10: A.D. 1600 to 1800
Democracy: Christendom’s unintended achievement

The Reformation era ended with the Thirty Years’ War, a civil struggle that devastated most of Germany and much of central Europe. That catastrophe, with a parallel civil war in Britain, demonstrated the impossibility of forcing religious belief on human beings. The idea now slowly developed of religious tolerance under a secular state. That strange concept – central to the new era known as the Enlightenment – would find its first and in many ways finest form in a new nation, born in rebellion and experimentation, across the seas: the United States of America.

Chapter One

A Christian convulsion that cost eight million lives and achieved nothing

  • The case of the Catholic Puritan
  • The Pied Piper of France's courtly ladies

Chapter Two

A fight for power pits king against Parliament, and Charles I perishes

  • The fifty-year flop of a literary jewel
  • Reason and faith, united in verse
  • As all went dark, he saw the light

Chapter Three

Mighty Cromwell fails, and so do the Stuarts, but Parliament prevails

  • The idea behind two revolutions
  • A book that astonished the world

Chapter Four

American democracy: the unintended destiny of the Founding Fathers

  • The night they wiped out Deerfield
  • The ethnic cleansing of French Acadia
  • The grim fate of the Black Robe vision

Chapter Five

A tyrannous reform paves Russia's way to a state-run church

  • The devastation of the Jesuits
  • Orthodoxy's renegade defenders

Chapter Six

Its walls are smashed, the Turks pouring in, but Vienna is saved

  • The man who was France

Chapter Seven

The riveting preacher who brought to Christ men with dirty faces

Chapter Eight

How thirteen colonies created a nation that no one quite foresaw

  • The clause invoed to silence faith
  • The transatlantic trade in people

Chapter Nine

Skeptics fight the faith, but the faithful reply in hymns and oratorios

Chapter Ten

With Islam thwarted, Christendom now faces a new foe from within

  • Does nature point the way to God?