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

Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity by  James J O'Donnell - Paperback - 1st Pbk Edition - 2016 - from KALAMOS BOOKS (SKU: 33798)
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Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity

by O'Donnell, James J

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New York: Ecco, 2016 A provocative and contrarian religious history that charts the rise of Christianity from the point of view of traditional” religion from the religious scholar and critically acclaimed author of Augustine. Pagans explores the rise of Christianity from a surprising and unique viewpoint: that of the people who witnessed their ways of life destroyed by what seemed then a powerful religious cult. These pagans were actually pious Greeks, Romans, Syrians, and Gauls who observed the traditions of their ancestors. To these devout polytheists, Christians who worshipped only one deity were immoral atheists who believed that a splash of water on the deathbed could erase a lifetime of sin. Religious scholar James J. O’Donnell takes us on a lively tour of the Ancient Roman world through the fourth century CE, when Romans of every nationality, social class, and religious preference found their world suddenly constrained by rulers who preferred a strange new god. Some joined this new cult, while others denied its power, erroneously believing it was little more than a passing fad. [he] brings to life various pagan rites and essential features of Roman religion and life, offers fresh portraits of iconic historical figures, including Constantine, Julian, and Augustine, and explores important themes - Rome versus the east, civilization versus barbarism, plurality versus unity, rich versus poor, and tradition versus innovation. 273p. bibliography.index. 1st Pbk Edition. Trade Paperback. As New.

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Title
Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity
Author
O'Donnell, James J
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Paperback
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1st Pbk Edition
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0061845396
ISBN 13
9780061845390
Publisher
Ecco
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
2016
Keywords
Religiona Paganism Roman Empire Christianity Late Antiquity
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Roman Empire; Christianity; Late Antiquity;

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