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Christianity: How a Despised Sect from a Minority Religion Came to Dominate the Roman Empire

Author: 
Jonathan Hill (Author)
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The first 400 years after the death of Christ saw huge changes in the emerging faith. Christianity spread from Jerusalem to much of the known world. Despite enormous pressures from within and without, including persecution, Christianity became the official religion of the empire in the fourth century.

Jonathan Hill charts the fascinating history of this crucial period in the development of Christianity. He shows how and why certain ideas triumphed over others. He introduces the key figures, both within the faith and among its opponents. He describes the main battles, often bitterly fought with both weapons and ideas.

Though often portrayed as a simple advance in doctrine, this early period was actually marked by Christians battling each other and their neighbors over slavery, martyrdom and persecution, sex, charlatans, class and religious hatreds, cults of the dead, and political intrigue. Hill shows it all. This is the exciting account of how a new and diverse religious movement first struggled, then spread, then triumphed in the ancient world.

ISBN: 
9780800697778
Price: 
$29.95
Release date: 
March 1, 2011
Pages: 
256
Width: 
7.50
Height: 
9.25

Contents

Introduction
1. Jesus and the First Christians
2. From One Generation to the Next
3. Opposition and Persecution
4. The Church in the Empire
5. Christians in a Hostile World
6. Christian Philosophy
7. Heresy and Orthodoxy
8. The Christian Empire
9. A Divided Church
10. The First Monks
11. The Official Church

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Endorsements

"Hill offers a delightfully fresh telling for religious and non–religious readers alike. Balanced and engaging, experts and people new to the topic will doubtless find much of interest in these pages. Hill's clean and easy style makes the messy business of emerging Christianity a riveting read."
—Kristin M. Swenson
Virginia Commonwealth University
Author of Bible Babel


"This book stands out for its judicious use of recent scholarship to retell the story of early Christianity, from the first century to the fifth, and to do so in a format accessible to undergraduates."
—Denis Janz
Provost Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity
Loyola University, New Orleans


"A solid, well–written, and beautifully illustrated introduction to the early history of Christianity. Recommended reading for general readers wanting to learn more about how the first generations of Christians survived, thrived, and resolved conflicts among themselves and with their opponents."
—Robin Margaret Jensen
Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Author of Understanding Early Christian Art and The Substance of Things Seen

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