Christianizing the Roman Empire: (A. D. 100-400)

Ramsay MacMullen

Anno: 1977
Rilegatura: Paperback / softback
Pagine: 184 p.
Testo in English
Dimensioni: 235 x 156 mm
Peso: 227 gr.
  • EAN: 9780300036428
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How 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