Written in 1837 by William McGavin, a Scottish Christian merchant, the Protestant is a compilation of a series of essays written by McGavin and published weekly in a Glasgow newspaper for four years beginning in the summer of 1818.

The essays “embrace the principle areas of controversy between the Church of Rome and the Reformed (Protestant)” Church, and are remarkable for their demonstration of McGavin’s knowledge both of Scripture and of the history of the Roman Catholic institution, as well as for the author’s adroit presentation of the true character of the Romish church as revealed in papal bulls, the writings of the Roman “church fathers,” and doctrine derived from the decrees of various Roman Catholic ecumenical councils, such as Trent and Constance.

These essays were penned only three hundred years after the Reformation and contain a wealth of little-known history of the Christian Church, including the history and persecution of various Christian groups such as the Waldenses and the Culdees, and the decrees of various popes and Roman Catholic councils calling for the extirpation of Protestants.

The information in this book will enhance the Christian’s knowledge of the institution that calls itself the “mother of all churches” and will reveal that Rome has never changed and is still the implacable enemy of the Christian Church and all Christians.

The Protestant is very hard to find, but the information in it is vital for serious Christians.  I have therefore digitized my personal copy and made it available for download here. Please forgive me if the quality is not as good as it probably could have been.