Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity

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. 

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The Ransom of the Soul: Afterlife and Wealth in Early Western Christianity

Marking a departure in our figuring out of Christian perspectives of the afterlife from 250 to 650 CE, The Ransom of the Soul explores a progressive shift in considering the destiny of the soul that happened round the time of Rome’s fall. Peter Brown describes how this shift remodeled the Church’s institutional courting to funds and set the level for its domination of medieval society within the West.

Early Christian doctrine held that the residing and the lifeless, as both sinful beings, wanted one another on the way to in achieving redemption. The devotional intercessions of the dwelling may perhaps tip the stability among heaven and hell for the deceased. within the 3rd century, cash started to play a decisive function in those practices, as prosperous Christians took ever extra complex steps to guard their very own souls and the souls in their family within the afterlife. They secured privileged burial websites and made lavish donations to church buildings. via the 7th century, Europe used to be dotted with richly endowed monasteries and funerary chapels showing in marble elegance the Christian devotion of the rich dead.

In reaction to the turning out to be effect of cash, Church doctrine in regards to the afterlife developed from hypothesis to company fact, and private wealth within the pursuit of redemption resulted in striking feats of structure and acts of generosity. however it additionally triggered stormy debates approximately money’s right use―debates that resonated during the centuries and stored alive the basic query of ways heaven and earth might be joined via human agency.

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Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

By Reza Aslan


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From the across the world bestselling writer of No god yet God comes a desirable, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that demanding situations long-held assumptions concerning the guy we all know as Jesus of Nazareth.
thousand years in the past, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle employee walked around the Galilee, accumulating fans to set up what he known as the “Kingdom of God.” The progressive circulation he introduced was once so threatening to the status quo that he was once captured, tortured, and completed as a country criminal.
inside of a long time after his shameful loss of life, his fans might name him God.
Sifting via centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new gentle on considered one of history’s so much influential and enigmatic characters via interpreting Jesus in the course of the lens of the tumultuous period during which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor. ratings of Jewish prophets, preachers, and would-be messiahs wandered during the Holy Land, bearing messages from God. This was once the age of zealotry—a fervent nationalism that made resistance to the Roman career a sacred accountability incumbent on all Jews. And few figures higher exemplified this precept than the charismatic Galilean who defied either the imperial experts and their allies within the Jewish non secular hierarchy.
Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels opposed to the historic assets, Aslan describes a guy choked with conviction and fervour, but rife with contradiction; a guy of peace who exhorted his fans to arm themselves with swords; an exorcist and religion healer who steered his disciples to maintain his id a mystery; and eventually the seditious “King of the Jews” whose promise of liberation from Rome went unfulfilled in his short lifetime. Aslan explores the explanations why the early Christian church hottest to promulgate a picture of Jesus as a relaxed religious instructor instead of a politically wakeful progressive. And he grapples with the riddle of ways Jesus understood himself, the secret that's on the center of all next claims approximately his divinity.
Zealot yields a clean standpoint on one of many maximum tales ever instructed whilst it affirms the unconventional and transformative nature of Jesus of Nazareth’s existence and project. the result's a thought-provoking, elegantly written biography with the heartbeat of a fast moving novel: a singularly outstanding portrait of a guy, a time, and the start of a religion.

Praise for Zealot
“Riveting . . . Aslan synthesizes Scripture and scholarship to create an unique account.”The New Yorker

“A lucid, clever page-turner.”—Los Angeles Times
“Fascinatingly and convincingly drawn . . . Aslan may well come as shut as you possibly can to respecting those that revere Jesus because the peace-loving, turn-the-other-cheek, actual son of God depicted in smooth Christianity, whilst he knocks down that image.”The Seattle Times
“[Aslan’s] literary expertise is as necessary to the influence of Zealot as are his scholarly and journalistic chops. . . . A vibrant, persuasive portrait.”Salon
“This tough-minded, deeply political publication does complete justice to the genuine Jesus, and honors him within the process.”San Francisco Chronicle

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Fallen Angels and the History of Judaism and Christianity: The Reception of Enochic Literature

By Annette Yoshiko Reed

Within the booklet of the Watchers, an Enochic apocalypse from the 3rd century BCE, the "sons of God" of Gen 6:1-4 are accused of corrupting humankind via their teachings of metalworking, cosmetology, magic, and divination. via tracing the variations of this motif in moment Temple, Rabbinic, and early medieval Judaism and early, past due old, and Byzantine Christianity, this publication sheds mild at the heritage of interpretation of Genesis, the altering prestige of Enochic literature, and where of parabiblical texts and traditions within the interchange among Jews and Christians in overdue Antiquity and the early center a long time.

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A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present

By John W. O'Malley

A historical past of the Popes tells the tale of the oldest residing establishment within the Western world―the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' leader disciple, via Pope Benedict XVI this day, the popes were key gamers in almost all the nice dramas of the western international within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's enticing narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe each one pope one after the other, the ebook makes a speciality of the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and global heritage. the writer doesn't turn away from controversies within the church, and comprises legends like Pope Joan and a finished checklist of popes and antipopes to assist readers get a whole photo of the papacy.

This at the same time reverent but serious ebook will attract readers attracted to either faith and heritage because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church during the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his renowned audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal History, to be had via Now you recognize Media (

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Does God Exist: An Answer For Today

By Hans Küng

Does God exist? The query implies one other: who's God? This e-book is intended to provide an resolution to either questions and to offer purposes for this resolution. Does God exist? definite or no? Many are at a loss among trust and unbelief; they are not sure, skeptical. they're uncertain approximately their trust, yet they also are uncertain approximately their doubting. There are nonetheless others who're pleased with their doubting. but there is still a eager for simple task. sure bet? no matter if Christians or Jews, believers in God or atheists, the dialogue this present day runs correct throughout outdated denominations and new ideologies—but the eager for simple task is unquenched. Does God exist? we're placing all our playing cards at the desk right here. the reply can be "Yes, God exists," As humans within the 20th century, we definitely can quite think in God—even extra so within the Christian God—and even perhaps extra simply this present day than a number of a long time or centuries in the past. For, after such a lot of crises, it really is amazing how a lot has been clarified and what number problems in regard to trust in God have melted into the mild that no darkness has conquer.

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Una visión de Jesús de Nazareth mucho más humana, íntima, amorosa y cercana

Esta es una reinterpretación de l. a. juventud y l. a. vida adulta de Jesús de Nazareth, a partir de su supuesta relación con Valeria, una joven romana de clase acomodada que vive en Judea. Tras bambalinas, s omos testigos del entramado político y el interés romano en el reino de Israel como enclave geográfico para los angeles expansión del Imperio.

Sin embargo, l. a. historia se centra en los angeles influencia que tiene el espíritu libre y desenfadado de Valeria en el joven Jesús, y cómo éste construye poco a poco su ideología basada en el amor y el goce del mundo, como obra de Dios, y que siglos más tarde sería desvirtuada por intereses de grupos en el poder. En este libro, los milagros son vistos como actos que obedecen más a los angeles renovación de los angeles conciencia y a los angeles capacidad de renacer en uno mismo y mirar al mundo con otros ojos, que a capacidades divinas.

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Confessiones. Bekenntnisse (Reclams Rote Reihe)

By Augustine of Hippo

Aurelius Augustinus (354-430) gilt vielen als der größte Autor der lateinischen Christenheit, und seine autobiographischen Confessiones sind ohne Zweifel sein bedeutendstes Werk. Diese Auswahl stellt aus den insgesamt thirteen Büchern die wichtigsten Abschnitte zusammen, die den Werdegang des Autors und seine Haltung zu den großen philosophischen und religiösen Themen beleuchten: Irrtum und Wahrheit, Schöpfung, Zeit und Ewigkeit sowie das Wesen Gottes. So entsteht ein repräsentativer Eindruck von der Struktur und dem Duktus des Werkes. Texte in der Originalsprache, mit Übersetzungen schwieriger Wörter, Nachwort und Literaturhinweisen.

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The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples

From the writers of the No. 1 manhattan instances best-seller, The Love Dare.
Love is a decision. a regular selection. The Love Dare Day through Day is a regular reminder of ways it’s performed -- and performed good -- taking the resource material's unique event to the following point. With fifty two weekly dares, this one-year devotional invitations you to move deeper into the scriptural rules of The Love Dare and is intended to complement your dating with God and your wife via a regular time of studying, prayer, and action.
Make this greater than a 12 months of your lifestyles. Make it your daring, subsequent step to a life of love. gains of this booklet include:
• 365 devotional readings on particular elements of real love
• fifty two weekly dares that can assist you show love on your marriage
• Dozens of particular prayers to hope for your self and your spouse
• inquiries to get you pondering strategically approximately your relationship
• greater than a hundred move Deeper sections that increase own Bible study
• distinct hyperlink to a loose on-line marriage review resource

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Le christianisme antique : De Jésus à Constantin (2e édition) (Collection U)

By Paul Mattéi

Remark une secte périphérique s’est-elle muée en faith universelle, socle de civilisations ?

Tout start par une rupture, lente, et non voulue : le « mouvement de Jésus », né d’un judaïsme polymorphe, et lui-même divers, mit un siècle, et davantage, à s’émanciper. Jetée dans le monde hellénistico-romain, los angeles foi nouvelle connaît los angeles persécution et s’affronte à los angeles tradition ambiante ; elle se bâtit, sur un double plan : doctrinal (la « Grande Église » crée son orthodoxie, contre les « hérésies ») et structurel (les circumstances de régulation se fixent). Le IIIe siècle marque un tournant, tragique parfois : communautés plus nombreuses, plus étoffées et plus bigarrées, associations consolidées, survenue de théologiens majeurs, champ élargi des normes disciplinaires, balbutiements d’un artwork. Quand Constantin se convertit, le christianisme, minoritaire, n’est plus un phénomène marginal : le bon plaisir de l’empereur ne l’a pas tiré du néant…

Telle est l. a. courbe, aléatoire, qu’entend décrire ce livre, textes à l’appui. Il le fait sans oublier qu’ici, plus qu’ailleurs peut-être, l. a. description ne peut se déployer que sur un fond épais d’incertitudes et dans un flot pressé de remises en question.

Paul MATTEI, ancien élève de l’École Normale Supérieure de Saint-Cloud, est professeur de langue et littérature latines à l’Université Lumière (Lyon 2) et conseiller scientifique de l. a. assortment « assets Chrétiennes ».

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