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RistianityLiving like angelsVisions prophecy Persecution martyrdom Bishops authoritySinners saintsConstantine the churchFrom pagan to ChristianNotesInd. It is with some difficulty Robin Fox's Pagans and Christians gets 3 stars This is an ambitious even audacious effort to honestly address the period when Christianity displaced paganism in a poorly defined area mostly Europe mostly the Greek portion Eastern Europe and some portion of North Africa I have never read this much history that was this hard to read The research uestion is Did Christianity displace paganism as the dominate religion in Europe during the period 300 400 because of success in a free market of ideas or on the edges of Constantine's sword The answer appears to be uncertain or incomplete orThat paragraph reflects at once Fox's inability to speak clearly and his integrity in not making conclusions where the evidence is not definitive Fox makes a case that Christianity was trending and may have ultimately succeed without the backing of a powerful central government Even here his arguments are contradictoryThe first 275 pages are a catastrophe In attempting to summarize pagan practice in the pre Christian period his text is fundamentally disorganized Contradictions ripple not just across paragraphs but almost down to within individual sentences Much of the text is either over generalized or unnecessary Many points if made at all are never again important to the history of the period nor to the subseuent points made in reference to the hypothesis in uestion Less than 100 well written pages could have served him and us betterOnce Fox begins his history of early Christianity the faults remain but the results as less chaotic Much of the last 500 pages of the book are informative and if the reader works with the writer there are things to be learnedFox details several reasons why the traditional version of the Christianity ascendancy to majority religion before it became a national religion is not generally known Early Christianity was extremely anti sex An important measure of a person’s faith was virginity This is hardly a way to attract new believers or to gain in numbers by procreation More problematic was that conversion also reuired 3 or years of training and observation before actual admission into the fold Fox admits that this waiting period and the number of ways it could be extended must have had contributed to wide spread instances of “buyer’s remorse” Converts who bailed out over the too many and too narrowly enforced rules What ever their limitations the pagan’s ran open house with mostly open membership between templesIn addressing the official suppression of Christians Fox’s version is hard to follow He admits to not understanding why Christians were targeted and Jews Evan after the violent rebellions in Judea there seems to have been no parallel attacks against Jews across the Empire We are told often that Pagan religion had no dogma such that other religions had to be suppressed yet this seems to be the only reason for targeting Christians Perhaps violence against religious belief and religious persons is generally illogical but Christian’s were officially suppressed Yes Fox grants that at first opportunity Christians returned the abuse From many prisons there grew both a real and faked trade in letters from imprisoned and tortured Christians exhorting other believers to ensure that their suffering was for a purpose So influential were these religious prisoners that they were routinely petitioned for sacred forgiveness Further their opinions on broad religious uestions were considered as purer than those written by scholarly Christians uestions existed because Christian doctrine was not decided in detail It was a general tenant that all souls were eual Slaves and Rich could achieve forgiveness Details in practice and belief were not standardized Conflicting documents heresies and false prophets proliferatedIt is at this level that the Emperor Constantine may have most effected epoch changing Under his leadership and in his presence Bishops meet and furthered the process of the creation of what was not yet a single universal Catholic Church In fact Fox documents that the presumption in that title even after Constantine But that is another story This one is long enough I cannot recommend Pagans and Christians to the general reader Religious looking for miracles and adherence to official historic summaries will be disappointed I can only hope that serious historians of this period can lean the great uantity of useful content in this book from reading other better written books

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Pagans and ChristiansFox recreates the period from the nd to the th century when the Olympians lost their dominion and Christianity with Constantine's conversion triumphed. Late paganism was moribund decrepit and sclerotic; it had no chance against the rise of Christianity Well so goes the historical myth But not true says Robin Lane Fox; certainly not true in the countrysides of the Roman Empire which by the way was the last place in which Christianity took hold Fox paints a rural and urban Roman Imperium where aside from the skepticism of some philosophers some form of pagan belief remained vital even years after Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea Fox concentrates on the various Roman provinces of Asia Minor and focuses on the second century The combination of choices is very good for comparison and contrast work between paganism and Christianity The countryside here was densely populated than in most of the empire; this densely rural demographic meant that rural didn't necessarily mean rustic And as this was the prime growth area of early Christianity Fox is able to put this growth in context and ask and even tentatively answer some uestions about that growth The second century is the right time too getting into the era of the first Christian consolidations of doctrine the first wave of post biblical books being written and so forth An excellent eye opening and in depth book

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Summary ´ Pagans and Christians 109 ✓ [PDF] ❤ Pagans and Christians Author Robin Lane Fox – Fox recreates the period from the 2nd to the 4th century when the Olympians lost their dominion and Christianity with Constantine's conversion triumphed in the Mediterranean worldCONTENTSList of MapsP Fox recreates theIn the Mediterranean worldCONTENTSList of MapsPrefacePagans ChristiansPagans their citiesPagan cultsSeeing the godsLanguage of the godsThe spread of Ch. PRE READ I'm hoping that this book might have some reliable information as to these early years when Christianity became powerful and Paganism declinedAnd evidence as to the whys and whereforesHaving studied in a Catholic monastery for several years the History of the Church was one subject we rarely studied actually I can recall only one year when it was studiedWhy is now the uestion that intrigues bemuses and amuses me Certainly our vow of Chastity never had the economic reasons for its establishment revealed to usIt was only a spiritual rationale that was ever produced And no one ever declared that the First Pope was marriedCertainly uestioning was not a prominent part of our classes My tortured doubts as to God's existence I only revealed in private to our Novice Master or Student Director And I failed my three Moral Theology essays the last having scribbled on its final page A disturbing piece of work I now wear it like a Badge of Honour I am also planning to read Charles Freeman's book The Closing of the Western Mind The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason Strangely we also studied Philosophy and the History of PhilosophyAnd in my Oral Exam before three priests I argued the case that it was impossible to prove both the Existence and Non existence of GodIt must have gone down like a lead balloon