A provocative and contrarian non secular heritage that charts the increase of Christianity from the viewpoint of conventional” faith from the spiritual pupil and significantly acclaimed writer of Augustine.
Pagans explores the increase of Christianity from a stunning and distinct point of view: that of the folk who witnessed their methods of existence destroyed through what appeared then a strong non secular cult. those “pagans” have been really pious Greeks, Romans, Syrians, and Gauls who saw the traditions in their ancestors. to those religious polytheists, Christians who worshipped just one deity have been immoral atheists who believed splash of water at the deathbed may perhaps erase a life of sin.
Religious student James J. O’Donnell takes us on a full of life journey of the traditional Roman global during the fourth century CE, whilst Romans of each nationality, social classification, and non secular choice discovered their international all at once restricted by way of rulers who most popular an odd new god. a few joined this new cult, whereas others denied its energy, erroneously believing it used to be little greater than a passing fad.
In Pagans, O’Donnell brings to lifestyles a variety of pagan rites and crucial positive factors of Roman faith and existence, deals clean graphics of iconic old figures, together with Constantine, Julian, and Augustine, and explores vital themes—Rome as opposed to the east, civilization as opposed to barbarism, plurality as opposed to team spirit, wealthy as opposed to terrible, and culture as opposed to innovation—in this startling account.