Protestantism—what is it and how was it born? Many see Protestantism as a religious persuasion, a way of viewing God and the Bible. Yet the roots of Protestantism go much deeper and take us back to principles of liberty that lay the foundation of true freedom. True Protestantism involves protest against every form of oppression and force. This message from James comes at a time in our history when Christianity is facing subtle attacks that undermine the principles of liberty for all.