How did a religion whose first believers were twenty or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some thirty million people in just four centuries? In The Triumph of Christianity, early Christian historian Bart D. Ehrman weaves the rigorously-researched answer to this question “into a vivid, nuanced, and enormously readable narrative” (Elaine Pagels, National Book Award-winning author of The Gnostic Gospels), showing how a handful of charismatic characters used a brilliant social strategy and an irresistible message to win over hearts and minds one at a time.
This “humane, thoughtful and intelligent” book (The New York Times Book Review) upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen—one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
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Table of Contents
Time Line xiii
Chapter 1 The Beginning of the End: The Conversion of Constantine 13
Chapter 2 Back to the Beginning: The Conversion and Mission of Paul 39
Chapter 3 The Religious World of Conversion: Roman Paganism 74
Chapter 4 Reasons for the Christian Success 105
Chapter 5 Miraculous Incentives for Conversion 131
Chapter 6 The Growth of the Church 160
Chapter 7 Christians Under Assault: Persecution, Martyrdom, and Self-Defense 178
Chapter 8 The First Christian Emperor 217
Chapter 9 Conversion and Coercion: The Beginnings of a Christian Empire 243
Afterword Gains and Losses 279
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A boring, repetitive book. If you ever read anything about Jesus and the early Roman empire this book will put you to sleep !