The Christians as the Romans Saw Them

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Yale University Press, 2003 - Religion - 214 pages
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User Review  - walterhistory - LibraryThing

Mr. Wilken does a fantastic job in his use of source materials in writing the reaction of Greeks & Romans to the rise of Christianity. Obviously the Greeks & Romans were unhappy that Christianity was ... Read full review

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Naturally, there are very few books which can leave you feeling that you know less than you did before you started, yet this book left me profoundly frustrated at the thinness of the material ... Read full review

Contents

PLINY A ROMAN GENTLEMAN
1
THE MAKING OF A ROMAN OFFICIAL
2
TRAVELS OF A PROVINCIAL GOVERNOR
8
A CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION
15
OFFERINGS OF WINE AND INCENSE
25
CHRISTIANITY AS A BURIAL SOCIETY
31
CHURCH OR POLITICAL CLUB?
32
A SENSE OF BELONGING
35
DEMYTHOLOGIZING THE STORY OF JESUS
108
AN APOSTASY FROM JUDAISM
112
RELIGION AND THE SOCIAL ORDER
117
PORPHYRY THE MOST LEARNED CRITIC OF ALL
126
IN DEFENSE OF PLATO
128
THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES
137
THE CHRISTIAN NEW TESTAMENT
144
PHILOSOPHY FROM ORACLES
148

A BACCHIC SOCIETY
41
AN OBSCURE AND SECRET ASSOCIATION
44
THE PIETY OF THE PERSECUTORS
48
ROMAN RELIGION AND CHRISTIAN PREJUDICE
50
THE PRACTICE OF RELIGION
54
WE TOO ARE A RELIGIOUS PEOPLE
62
GALEN THE CURIOSITY OF A PHILOSOPHER
68
PHILOSOPHY AND MEDICINE
69
CHRISTIANITY AS A PHILOSOPHICAL SCHOOL
72
THE PRACTICE OF PHILOSOPHY
77
THE ARBITRARY GOD OF THE CHRISTIANS
83
CELSUS A CONSERVATIVE INTELLECTUAL
94
BEGGING PRIESTS OF CYBELE AND SOOTHSAYERS
95
THE DEFICIENCIES OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
101
THE RELIGION OF THE EMPEROR
156
JESUS NOT A MAGICIAN
159
AN UNREASONING FAITH
160
JULIAN THE APOSTATE JEWISH LAW AND CHRISTIAN TRUTH
164
THE EMPERORS PIETY
166
GREEK EDUCATION AND CHRISTIAN VALUES
171
AGAINST THE GALILAEANS
176
THE TRIBAL GOD OF JEWS AND CHRISTIANS
179
AN APOSTASY FROM JUDAISM
184
EPILOGUE
197
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING
207
INDEX
211
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Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia. His previous books include "The Christians as the Romans Saw Them "and" The Land Called Holy: Palestine in Christian History and Thought, "both available in paperback from Yale University Press.

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