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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Date:February 2, 2009
An excellent look at the early church and its means of reaching people right after the time of the first apostles. From the viewpoint of a respected historian, not necessarily from 'the church'. A very valuable contribution.