I start my vacation tomorrow and I have a number of books I’m bringing with me. One of them is Alister McGrath’s Christianity’s Dangerous Idea. I’ve been meaning to read this for some time but my interest was renewed when I saw the YouTube clip below. I’ve only read the first few pages but it seems a more appropriate title might have been Protestant’s Dangerous Idea. McGrath observes:

“It was not simply that Protestantism seemed to revise, corrupt, or abandon some of the traditional beliefs and practices of the Christian faith. Something far more significant—and ultimately much more dangerous—lay beneath the surface of the Protestant criticisms of the medieval church. At its heart, the emergence and growth of Protestantism concerned one of the most fundamental questions that confront any religion: Who has the authority to define its faith? Institutions or individuals? Who has the right to interpret its foundational document, the Bible?” (3)

This is a vitally important question and I’m very interested to see where McGrath goes with it. While reading it I will carry with me the thoughts and concerns raised by Father Barron.