The author's narrative kept what could be an extremely dry subject interesting. The politics and bullying involved in a number of ecumenical councils rivals a group of mob families fighting for their turf. This book is written from an apologists viewpoint but was still interesting for me as an atheist. Worth reading for anyone interested in the subject.
Philip Jenkins has presented the first 600 years of Christology in a way that resembles a Shia-Sunni internecine conflict. An interest in early Christian history would help navigate the hair-splitting issues at stake in these bloody rivalries that span from the time the faith stopped being persecuted to the time it was behind the powers-that-be. I thought the film, Agora, was sensationalized but I later recanted my earlier impression and that these centuries were actually worse than the Crusades. I never realized about that until I read this! Utterly surprising!
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