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God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism
     

God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism

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by Jonathan Kirsch
 

ISBN-10: 0670032867

ISBN-13: 9780670032860

Pub. Date: 03/08/2004

Publisher: Viking Compass

This is the epic story of how classical paganism, with its tolerance for many deities and beliefs, lost a centuries-long struggle with monotheism and its chauvinistic insistence on belief in one God. With his trademark blend of wit and scholarship, Kirsch traces the war of God against the gods from its roots in Ancient Egypt to its climax during the last stand of

Overview

This is the epic story of how classical paganism, with its tolerance for many deities and beliefs, lost a centuries-long struggle with monotheism and its chauvinistic insistence on belief in one God. With his trademark blend of wit and scholarship, Kirsch traces the war of God against the gods from its roots in Ancient Egypt to its climax during the last stand of paganism in the tumultuous fourth century, when two passionate, charismatic, and revolutionary Roman emperors, the Christian Constantine and the pagan Julian, changed the course of history and shaped the world we live in today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670032860
Publisher:
Viking Compass
Publication date:
03/08/2004
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.22(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvi
Prologue: The Everlasting Fire: The Dark Side of Monotheism, the Bright Side of Polytheism1
Book 1The God That Failed
Chapter 1Against All the Gods of Egypt: A Young Pharaoh's Experiment in Monotheism and Why It Failed21
Chapter 2What Did Pagans Do? The Case Against Classical Paganism-and Why It Was Wrong39
Chapter 3Terror and True Belief: The Jewish King Who Reinvented the Faith of Ancient Israel65
Chapter 4Confessors and Traitors: Pagans and Christians Go to War in Ancient Rome93
Book 2The War of God Against the Gods
Chapter 5"In This Sign, Conquer" The Curious Encounter of Christ and Constantine in the Struggle for the Roman Crown119
Chapter 6The Harlot in the Bishop's Bed: The War Within the Christian Church over the Divinity of Christ147
Chapter 7The Ruler of the Whole World: The Invention of the Totalitarian State by the First Christian Emperor of Rome169
Chapter 8The Orphans of Macellum: The Christian Prince Who Survived a Blood Purge and Struggled for the Restoration of Paganism193
Chapter 9The Secret Pagan: Gods, Empresses, and Julian's Unlikely Rise to the Imperial Throne213
Chapter 10"Behold, the Rivers Are Running Backwards": The Pagan Counterrevolution of the Emperor Julian237
Epilogue: The Handless Scribe: The Price of Victory of the Only True God269
Chronology285
Major Historical Figures289
Notes293
Bibliography315
Index323

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