Christianizing the Roman Empire
(A. D. 100-400) New edition
By (author) Ramsay MacMullen
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Christianizing the Roman Empire by Ramsay MacMullen
Book DescriptionHow did the early Christian church manage to win its dominant place in the Roman world? In his newest book, an eminent historian of ancient Rome examines this question from a secular--rather than an ecclesiastical--viewpoint. MacMullen's provocative conclusion is that mass conversions to Christianity were based more on the appeal of miracle or the opportunity for worldly advantages than simply on a "rising tide of Christian piety." "Provocative to the Christian religious scholar and the nonreligious historian alike...MacMullen's style is lucid, and the story of a period with its own innate interest is narrated with compelling feeling...It is an important book, and highly recommended for the general reader of history as well as the Christian who wonders how the 'Jesus movement' came, by Constantine's time, to be the church we know--Choice "Written in a fresh and vigorous style, ...[this book] offers an admirable survey of some major aspects of the history [of the early Christian church]."--Robert M. Grant, New York Times Book Review "Gently provocative...MacMullen has written an instructive and enjoyable book on a great theme." --Henry Chadwick, Times Literary Supplement "A carefully argued and well-written study."--Jackson P. Hershbell, Library Journal
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300036428
(230mm x 159mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1977
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ramsay MacMullen
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Romanization in the Time of Augustus, Paperback (March 2008)
During the lifetime of Augustus (from 63 BC to AD 14), Roman civilization spread at a remarkable rate throughout the ancient world, influencing such areas as art and architecture, religion, law, local speech, city design, and leisure and family activities. This book investigates why the adoption of Roman ways was so prevalent during this period.
Voting About God in Early Church Councils, Paperback (September 2006)
Explores how early Christian doctrines became official. Drawing on extensive verbatim stenographic records, this book analyzes the ecumenical councils from AD 325 to 553, in which participants gave authority to doctrinal choices by majority vote. It describes the planning and staging of councils, the emperors' role, routines of debate, and more.
Christianity and Paganism in the 4th to 8th Centuries, Paperback (January 2000)» View all books by Ramsay MacMullen
An investigation of the transformation from paganism to Christianity between the fourth and eighth centuries. It reassesses the triumph of Christianity, contending that it was neither tidy nor quick, and it shows that two religious systems were both valid during this interactive period.
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