Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years
  • Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years
  • Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years

Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years

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by John Philip Jenkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0061768944

ISBN-13: 9780061768941

Pub. Date: 03/09/2010

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Jesus Wars reveals how official, orthodox teaching about Jesus was the product of political maneuvers by a handful of key characters in the fifth century. Jenkins argues that were it not for these controversies, the papacy as we know it would never have come into existence and that today's church could be teaching some-thing very different about Jesus. It

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Jesus Wars reveals how official, orthodox teaching about Jesus was the product of political maneuvers by a handful of key characters in the fifth century. Jenkins argues that were it not for these controversies, the papacy as we know it would never have come into existence and that today's church could be teaching some-thing very different about Jesus. It is only an accident of history that one group of Roman emperors and militia-wielding bishops defeated another faction.

Christianity claims that Jesus was, somehow, both human and divine. But the Bible is anything but clear about Jesus's true identity. In fact, a wide range of opinions and beliefs about Jesus circulated in the church for four hundred years until allied factions of Roman royalty and church leaders burned cities and killed thousands of people in an unprecedented effort to stamp out heresy.

Jenkins recounts the fascinating, violent story of the church's fifth-century battles over "right belief" that had a far greater impact on the future of Christianity and the world than the much-touted Council of Nicea convened by Constantine a century before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061768941
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/09/2010
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
369,821
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Who Do You Say That I Am?

Terms and Definitions

Maps

1 The Heart of the Matter 1

Pt. 1 God and Caesar 39

2 The War of Two Natures 41

3 Four Horsemen: The Church's Patriarchs 75

4 Queens, Generals, and Emperors 103

Pt. 2 Councils of Chaos 129

5 Not the Mother of God? 131

6 The Death of God 169

7 Chalcedon 199

Pt. 3 A World to Lose 227

8 How the Church Lost Half the World 229

9 What Was Saved 267

Appendix The Main Figures in the Story 279

Notes 289

Index 319

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