Christianizing the Roman Empire

Christianizing the Roman Empire : (A. D. 100-400)

By (author) Ramsay MacMullen

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Offers a secular perspective on the growth of the Christian Church in ancient Rome, identifies nonreligious factors in conversion, and examines the influence of Constantine

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 154 x 236 x 14mm | 220g
  • 10 Sep 1986
  • Yale University Press
  • New Haven
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • bibliography, index
  • 0300036426
  • 9780300036428
  • 291,363

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How did the early Christian church manage to win its dominant place in the Roman world? In his newest book, an eminent historian of ancient Rome examines this question from a secular-rather than an ecclesiastical-viewpoint. MacMullen's provocative conclusion is that mass conversions to Christianity were based more on the appeal of miracle or the opportunity for worldly advantages then simply on a 'rising tide of Christian piety.'

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