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Converts and Kingdoms: How the Church Converted the Pagan West--And How We Can Do It Again

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Mere centuries after its beginning as an obscure Jewish sect in the farthest backwater of civilization, the Catholic Church had stormed the ancient Western world and forged from its Roman remnants and barbarian tribes a united Christendom.

How do we explain this remarkable success? And what can we learn from it?

In Converts and Kingdoms, historian Diane Moczar tells the story of early Christianity's faith, courage, and cunning-chronicling the ...

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Converts and Kingdoms- How the Church Converted the Pagan West and How We Can Do It Again

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Overview

Mere centuries after its beginning as an obscure Jewish sect in the farthest backwater of civilization, the Catholic Church had stormed the ancient Western world and forged from its Roman remnants and barbarian tribes a united Christendom.

How do we explain this remarkable success? And what can we learn from it?

In Converts and Kingdoms, historian Diane Moczar tells the story of early Christianity's faith, courage, and cunning-chronicling the labors of missionaries and martyrs (with no small help from Providence) to spread the gospel and lay the foundation for the most magnificent culture human history has ever known.

With her stirring narrative style, Dr. Moczar (Ten Dates Every Catholic Should Know, Islam at the Gates) reveals a young Church ardently occupied with the great work of conversion: with saints and generals, priests and kings alike filled with zeal to make disciples of all nations. From the Roman temples at the heart of the old world to the Aztec altars on the outposts of the new, you will encounter heroic tales of the Faith, including:

The emperor who put his trust in the one God rather than the myths and sorcery of his predecessors-and changed the course of all the world to come.

The would-be hermit who became an accidental missionary-and helped birth the quintessential Catholic kingdom.

Pious monarchs who repelled barbarian invaders-and then welcomed them into the Christian family.

The former slave boy who returned to the land of his pagan captors-and turned it into an island of saints and scholars.

The Marian miracle that scattered the demons of human sacrifice-and opened the door to a new Christian continent.

Within these pages you will find not only the story of the Church's early missionary efforts but also an analysis of why they succeeded! providing you valuable lessons for re-evangelizing a modern West that has slipped into a new and insidious form of paganism. Read Converts and Kingdoms today to be inspired by the convert-makers of the past, and to learn from them how to win the world anew for Christ.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933919577
  • Publisher: Catholic Answers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2012
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 580,826
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Rev. C. John McCloskey 9

Introduction 13

1 Constantine and the Conversion of Rome 19

2 The Eldest Daughter of the Church 47

3 The Sceptered Isle and the Emerald Isle 79

4 Barbarians of the Borderlands 103

5 The Ancient Faith in a New World 131

6 Rebellion and Reconversion 157

Conclusion 181

Bibliography 185

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