God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism

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Viking Compass, 2004 - Religion - 336 pages
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Perfectly suited to readers of Bernard Lewis and Karen Armstrong, God Against the Godsis a dramatic and eye-opening epic of the final struggle between monotheism and polytheism in the ancient world. It was a war fought by an Egyptian pharaoh, a Jewish king, and a Roman emperor—charismatic, visionary, and violent men battling in the name of the Only True God. Jonathan Kirsch demonstrates how the world of classical paganism was in fact based on religious liberty and diversity and how the advent of monotheism brought—in the name of true belief—holy war, crusades, martyrdom, and inquisitions.

The last stand of paganism in the tumultuous fourth century is a rare example of a moment when two men—the Roman emperors Constantine, who initiated the Christian revolution that formed the future, and Julian, who later tried but failed to restore paganism—literally changed the history of the world. God Against the Gods, breaking a long-lived taboo, reveals monotheism’s dark side and polytheism’s bright one, illuminating the ancient roots of today’s most bloody conflicts as well as the cherished idea of religious liberty.

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Review: God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism

User Review  - Amy Freese - Goodreads

(I borrowed this book from my local public library.) I have to say that I am just a little surprised at how quickly I read through this book! It was just that interesting for me. I was raised with a ... Read full review

Review: God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

Kirsch is a jobbing writer rather than a professional historian, and this is something of a hack job,bringing together numerous other works regarding the struggles between the pagan world and the ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
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THE GOD THAT FAILED
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What Did Pagans
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Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Jonathan Kirsch is a book columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed King David, Moses, The Harlot by the Side of the Road, and The Woman Who Laughed at God. He lectures and consults widely on biblical, literary, and legal topics and is a past president of PEN Center USA West.

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