A provocative and contrarian spiritual heritage that charts the increase of Christianity from the viewpoint of conventional” faith from the non secular pupil and severely acclaimed writer of Augustine.
Pagans explores the increase of Christianity from a stunning and precise standpoint: that of the folks who witnessed their methods of existence destroyed by way of what appeared then a robust spiritual 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 might erase a life of sin.
Religious pupil James J. O’Donnell takes us on a full of life journey of the traditional Roman global during the fourth century CE, while Romans of each nationality, social type, and spiritual choice discovered their international by surprise limited through rulers who most popular a wierd new god. a few joined this new cult, whereas others denied its energy, erroneously believing it was once little greater than a passing fad.
In Pagans, O’Donnell brings to lifestyles numerous pagan rites and crucial positive aspects of Roman faith and lifestyles, deals clean pix of iconic historic figures, together with Constantine, Julian, and Augustine, and explores very important themes—Rome as opposed to the east, civilization as opposed to barbarism, plurality as opposed to solidarity, wealthy as opposed to negative, and culture as opposed to innovation—in this startling account.