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Leaving the Fold

Hardback|Sep 2004
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Movement from one community to another can create strife, pain, and social dislocation. In this astute analysis, Stephen Wilson examines the ancient sources for clues to how leaving a religious group happened, what motivated defectors, and the different ways Jews,...


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Movement from one community to another can create strife, pain, and social dislocation. In this astute analysis, Stephen Wilson examines the ancient sources for clues to how leaving a religious group happened, what motivated defectors, and the different ways Jews, Christians, and pagans interpreted the event. As Wilson explains, "by and large defection was a rancorous business and provoked extreme reactions, understandably so in the case of those who became traitors or who turned violently on their former community. But even the less dramatic instances were deeply troubling." Contents Introduction 1. Surveying the Horizon 2. Jewish Apostates 3. Christian Apostates 4. Pagan Defectors 5. Conclusion.
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'Leaving the Fold' is a study of inter-faith defection in antiquity & of the different ways in which Christians, Jews & pagans interpreted such events.
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- Looks at ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Greco-Roman religions- Analysis of the source of inter-religious rancor and conflict
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Stephen Wilson

Stephen G. Wilson is Professor of Religious Studies in the College of the Humanities at Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. ý Michel Desjardins is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario.

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