Christianity: The First 400 Years
This enthralling book takes readers back to the beginnings of Christianity in the world of the Roman Empire - assessing the dominant philosophies of that time, examining how the New Testament was written, and showing how the faith made itself...
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This enthralling book takes readers back to the beginnings of Christianity in the world of the Roman Empire - assessing the dominant philosophies of that time, examining how the New Testament was written, and showing how the faith made itself intellectually coherent in its context.
The first 400 years after the death of Christ saw huge developments and changes in the emerging faith. Christianity spread from Jerusalem to much of the known world; it became the official religion of the Roman empire; its key texts were written and its core ideas and beliefs were shaped and formalized. Much of this happened under huge pressure, from both within and without. Jonathan Hill charts the fascinating history of this crucial period in the development of Christianity. He shows how and why certain ideas triumphed over others; introduces the key figures, both within the faith and among its opponents, and their intellectual struggles; covers the main battles, often bitterly fought, both of ideas and of weapons; describes the lives of ordinary Christians and their worship and how each influenced the other. Occassionally murky, often thrilling and always compelling, the story Hill tells recounts the ways in which a new religion - centred on a single man executed in the Roman Middle East - first struggled, and then spread, to become the dominant belief system of the world.
Jonathan Hill (Ph.D., National University of Singapore) previously worked as a subtitler for Sky News, Sky Sports and Channel Five, a Researcher for Prospect Pictures and Production Assistant for NHK Europe, where he was involved in the conception, writing and research of new television programmes and documentaries. Jonathan is also a freelance copy editor and proof reader, and especially enjoys working on Terry Pratchett novels. Jonathan is willing to talk about anything, but expresses a particular fondness for the Blues...
He is the author of The History of Christian Thought; Faith in the Age of Reason; What Has Christianity Ever Done for Us?; The Crucible of Christianity and The Big Questions
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