The Christians as the Romans Saw Them: Second Edition / Edition 2

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them: Second Edition / Edition 2

by Robert Louis Wilken
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300098391

ISBN-13: 9780300098396

Pub. Date: 02/20/2003

Publisher: Yale University Press

The early Chrisitian movement is traditionally studied through the eyes of early Christian writers and commentators rather than through its critics. Taking the latter approach, this book studies Christianity form the early 2nd to late 4th century through the words of pagan observers and 'outsiders' to the Christian religion. Wilken focuses in particular on the

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The early Chrisitian movement is traditionally studied through the eyes of early Christian writers and commentators rather than through its critics. Taking the latter approach, this book studies Christianity form the early 2nd to late 4th century through the words of pagan observers and 'outsiders' to the Christian religion. Wilken focuses in particular on the writings of Pliny the Younger, Celsus, Porphyry, Julian and Galen in an attempt to uncover the effect that their criticisms, condemnations and suspicions had on Christian doctrine. Placed within the religious traditions of the pagan Greco-Roman world, this is an illuminating study of the evolution of the early Christian message.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300098396
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/20/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
238
Sales rank:
351,218
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introductionxv
Abbreviationsxxiii
IPliny: A Roman Gentleman1
The Making of a Roman Official2
Travels of a Provincial Governor8
A Christian Association15
Offerings of Wine and Incense25
IIChristianity as a Burial Society31
Church or Political Club?32
A Sense of Belonging35
A Bacchic Society41
An Obscure and Secret Association44
IIIThe Piety of the Persecutors48
Roman Religion and Christian Prejudice50
The Practice of Religion54
"We Too Are a Religious People"62
IVGalen: The Curiosity of a Philosopher68
Philosophy and Medicine69
Christianity as a Philosophical School72
The Practice of Philosophy77
The Arbitrary God of Christians83
VCelsus: A Conservative Intellectual94
Begging Priests of Cybele and Soothsayers95
The Deficiencies of Christian Doctrine101
Demythologizing the Story of Jesus108
An Apostasy from Judaism112
Religion and the Social Order117
VIPorphyry: The Most Learned Critic of all126
In Defense of Plato128
The Jewish Scriptures137
The Christian New Testament144
Philosophy from Oracles148
The Religion of the Emperor156
Jesus not a Magician159
An Unreasoning Faith160
VIIJulian the Apostate: Jewish Law and Christian Truth164
The Emperor's Piety166
Greek Education and Christian Values171
Against the Galilaeans176
The Tribal God of Jews and Christians179
An Apostasy from Judaism184
Epilogue197
Suggestions for Further Reading207
Index211

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