The End of Protestantism

Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church

by Peter J. Leithart (Author)PETER LEITHART (Author)
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"This is one book on church unity that could actually make a difference"

"Leithart simply cannot write a dull book. He cannot because he has the courage and intellect to go to the heart of the matter. In this book he explores the coming unity we pray God intends for the church. He does so with his usual scholarship and wise judgments. One can only hope for this vision for the future of the church to be realized."
--Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School

"I had given up trying to find--short of the Lord's return--an alternative to the tribalism of divisive denominationalism and the 'unity' efforts of mainstream ecumenism. Peter Leithart has convinced me that I gave up too easily. This groundbreaking book combines exciting ecclesiological explorations with some practical steps for moving forward prior to the eschaton."
--Richard J. Mouw, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Peter Leithart is my kind of ecumenist. He is deeply disturbed by the church's disunity and deeply committed to seeing our many fractures healed, and--this is the key--he is committed to doing so in a way that is both theological and practical. This is one book on church unity that could actually make a difference."
--Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today

"Leithart's provocative call for the death of Protestantism is likely to cause discomfort among those eager to hold on to their denominational particularities. But make no mistake: Leithart not only takes on his fellow Protestants; his postdenominational Christianity also chastises the sectarianism of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. The urgent and fearless ecumenical proposal of The End of Protestantism holds out for the end of all tribal badges within the visible unity of a reformed Catholic church."
--Hans Boersma, Regent College

"The bold title of this book presages an equally daring theological argument: faithfulness to Christ and the gospel demands the visible unity of all Christians. The author sketches his capacious and informed vision of the demise of denominationalism and the birth of 'Reformational Catholicism.' One of the most creative theologians writing today, Leithart here offers an incisive and compelling volume urging the churches to become what Christ commands: the one body of the Lord. Highly recommended."
--Thomas G. Guarino, Seton Hall University; cochairman, Evangelicals and Catholics Together


Peter J. Leithart, Author

Peter J. Leithart (PhD, University of Cambridge), a former pastor, is president of Theopolis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama, and a teacher at Trinity Presbyterian Church. He is the author of numerous books, including The End of Protestantism?, Traces of the Trinity, 1 & 2 Kings in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, and Athanasius in the Foundations of Theological Exegesis and Christian Spirituality series. He is also a contributing editor for Touchstone and a regular blogger at

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