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Between Pagan And Christian

Author : Christopher P. Jones
ISBN : 9780674369511
Genre : Religion
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Who and what was pagan depended on the outlook of the observer, as Christopher Jones shows in this fresh and penetrating analysis. Treating paganism as a historical construct rather than a fixed entity, Between Christian and Pagan uncovers the fluid ideas, rituals, and beliefs that Christians and pagans shared in Late Antiquity.
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Pagans And Christians

Author : Robin Lane Fox
ISBN : 9780141925851
Genre : Religion
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How did Christianity compare and compete with the cults of the pagan gods in the Roman Empire? This scholarly work from award-winning historian, Robin Lane Fox, places Christians and pagans side by side in the context of civil life and contrasts their religious experiences, visions, cults and oracles. Leading up to the time of the first Christian emperor, Constantine, the book aims to enlarge and confirm the value of contemporary evidence, some of which has only recently been discovered.
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Pagan Christianity

Author : Frank Viola
ISBN : 1414341652
Genre : Religion
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Have you ever wondered why we Christians do what we do for church every Sunday morning? Why do we “dress up” for church? Why does the pastor preach a sermon each week? Why do we have pews, steeples, and choirs? This ground-breaking book, now in affordable softcover, makes an unsettling proposal: most of what Christians do in present-day churches is rooted, not in the New Testament, but in pagan culture and rituals developed long after the death of the apostles. Coauthors Frank Viola and George Barna support their thesis with compelling historical evidence and extensive footnotes that document the origins of modern Christian church practices. In the process, the authors uncover the problems that emerge when the church functions more like a business organization than the living organism it was created to be. As you reconsider Christ's revolutionary plan for his church—to be the head of a fully functioning body in which all believers play an active role—you'll be challenged to decide whether you can ever do church the same way again.
Category: Religion

Pagans And Christians In Late Antique Rome

Author : Michele Renee Salzman
ISBN : 9781107110304
Genre : History
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This book sheds new light on the religious and consequently social changes taking place in late antique Rome. The essays in this volume argue that the once-dominant notion of pagan-Christian religious conflict cannot fully explain the texts and artifacts, as well as the social, religious, and political realities of late antique Rome. Together, the essays demonstrate that the fourth-century city was a more fluid, vibrant, and complex place than was previously thought. Competition between diverse groups in Roman society - be it pagans with Christians, Christians with Christians, or pagans with pagans - did create tensions and hostility, but it also allowed for coexistence and reduced the likelihood of overt violent, physical conflict. Competition and coexistence, along with conflict, emerge as still central paradigms for those who seek to understand the transformations of Rome from the age of Constantine through the early fifth century.
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Monotheism Between Pagans And Christians In Late Antiquity

Author : Stephen Mitchell
ISBN : IND:30000127514580
Genre : History
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The fourth century was a major religious battleground. The rise of Christianity, and in particular its dominance from Constantine onwards, marked an important shift in the religious history of the Mediterranean. Christianity saw this change as the victory of its monotheism over the polytheism of paganism. This volume studies how similarities between paganism and Christianity were obscured in the polemic that was waged by Christianity against paganism and in the pagan responses to it. A recurring theme in the papers shows that a concrete religious issue lay at the heart of such polemic: which god can one worship? Christians would restrict worship to their Gid, whereas pagans accepted cultacts for the many traditional deities. The debate about monotheism was therefore not just about conceptions of the divine, but was part of the creation and defence of social, cultural, and religious identities in Late Antiquity. In exploring how the notion of monotheism was shaped by Late Antiquity polemic and how this still influences our understanding of it, this volume also hopes to inform contemporary debates about the dangers of monotheism.
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Paganism In The Roman Empire

Author : Ramsay MacMullen
ISBN : 0300029845
Genre : History
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MacMullen...has published several books in recent years which establish him, rightfully, as a leading social historian of the Roman Empire. The current volume exhibits many of the characteristics of its predecessors: the presentation of novel, revisionist points of view...; discrete set pieces of trenchant argument which do not necessarily conform to the boundaries of traditional history; and an impressive, authoritative, and up-to-date documentation, especially rich in primary sources...A stimulating and provocative discourse on Roman paganism as a phenomenon worthy of synthetic investigation in its own right and as the fundamental context for the rise of Christianity.-Richard Brilliant, History MacMullen's latest work represents many features of paganism in its social context more vividly and clearly than ever before.-Fergus Millar, American Historical Review The major cults...are examined from a social and cultural perspective and with the aid of many recently published specialized studies...Students of the Roman Empire...should read this book.-Robert J, Penella, Classical World A distinguished book with much exact observation...An indispensable mine of erudition on a grand theme. Henry Chadwick, Times Literary Supplement Ramsay MacMullen is Dunham Professor of History and Classics at Yale University and the author of Roman Government's Response to Crisis, A.D. 235-337 and Roman Social Relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284
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Pagans Christians

Author : Gus DiZerega
ISBN : 1567182283
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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An examination of the tenets of paganism demonstrates that certain characteristics of paganism can be found in Christianity, and discusses Christian objections to Wicca and Wiccan objections to Christianity.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Pagans And Christians In The Late Roman Empire

Author : Marianne Saghy
ISBN : 9789633862551
Genre : History
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Do the terms ?pagan? and ?Christian,? ?transition from paganism to Christianity? still hold as explanatory devices to apply to the political, religious and cultural transformation experienced Empire-wise? Revisiting ?pagans? and ?Christians? in Late Antiquity has been a fertile site of scholarship in recent years: the paradigm shift in the interpretation of the relations between ?pagans? and ?Christians? replaced the old ?conflict model? with a subtler, complex approach and triggered the upsurge of new explanatory models such as multiculturalism, cohabitation, cooperation, identity, or group cohesion. This collection of essays, inscribes itself into the revisionist discussion of pagan-Christian relations over a broad territory and time-span, the Roman Empire from the fourth to the eighth century. A set of papers argues that if ?paganism? had never been fully extirpated or denied by the multiethnic educated elite that managed the Roman Empire, ?Christianity? came to be presented by the same elite as providing a way for a wider group of people to combine true philosophy and right religion. The speed with which this happened is just as remarkable as the long persistence of paganism after the sea-change of the fourth century that made Christianity the official religion of the State. For a long time afterwards, ?pagans? and ?Christians? lived ?in between? polytheistic and monotheist traditions and disputed Classical and non-Classical legacies. ÿ
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Pagans And Christians

Author : Tette Hofstra
ISBN : UVA:X002593818
Genre : Religion
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Pagan And Christian

Author : David Petts
ISBN : 9780715637548
Genre : History
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A study of conversion to Christianity in the early medieval world which explores in particular the relationship between archaeology and belief and an attempt to re-centre the 'pagan' as a key element in the conversion process.
Category: History