Christianizing the Roman Empire: (A. D. 100-400) by Ramsay MacmullenChristianizing the Roman Empire: (A. D. 100-400) by Ramsay Macmullen

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

byRamsay Macmullen

Paperback | September 10, 1986

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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 than simply on a “rising tide of Christian piety.”
“Provocative to the Christian religious scholar and the nonreligious historian alike. . . . MacMullen’s style is lucid, and the story of a period with its own innate interest is narrated with compelling feeling. . . . It is an important book, and highly recommended for the general reader of history as well as the Christian who wonders how the ‘Jesus movement’ came, by Constantine’s time, to be the church we know—Choice
“Written in a fresh and vigorous style, . . . [this book] offers an admirable survey of some major aspects of the history [of the early Christian church].”—Robert M. Grant, New York Times Book Review 
“Gently provocative. . . . MacMullen has written an instructive and enjoyable book on a great theme.”—Henry Chadwick, Times Literary Supplement  
“A carefully argued and well-written study.”—Jackson P. Hershbell, Library Journal
Title:Christianizing the Roman Empire: (A. D. 100-400)Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.61 inPublished:September 10, 1986Publisher:Yale University Press

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ISBN - 10:0300036426

ISBN - 13:9780300036428

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Christianity in Context In this important work, MacMullen paints a fascinating and provocative portrait of the the unique conditions under which Christianity became the dominant religious movement of the Late Roman Empire. The author's masteful integration of both textual and epigraphic evidence displays just how reluctantly the Roman world was "Christianized" through the late fourth and fifth centuries CE.
Date published: 2001-05-16

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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.'