The Christians as the Romans Saw Them

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them

Book - 1984
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An engrossing portrayal of the early years of the Christian movement from the pagan point of view.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c1984.
ISBN: 9780300030662
0300030665
Branch Call Number: LPLB84173
Characteristics: xix, 214 p. ;,22 cm.

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unbalancedbutfair Mar 23, 2013

This is, above all else, a very fairly written book. The author looks at the critics of Christianity in the roman empire and attempts to show from their arguments the social and political context from which they were writing. He is not seeking to weigh in on the arguments which - along with answers to them- ring through history. He just wants to show how others viewed early Christianity. And how criticism lead to legitimate dialogue which helped shape Christian theology and the western world as a whole. I liked the author's style. He is clear and distills his insights well. He is also fair in noting limitations on his arguments and in our knowledge. Instead of presenting his interpretation as fact, he points you to the facts from which he draws his interpretation. Serious students of Christianity, or the history of Christianity, would do well to read this book.

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