Jesus Wars

Jesus Wars

How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years

Book - 2010
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Tells the fascinating, violent story of the Church's fifth century battles over 'right belief' that had a far greater impact on the future of Christianity and the world than the much-touted Council of Nicea convened by Constantine a century before.
Publisher: London : SPCK, c2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780281063338
Branch Call Number: 270.2 Jen 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xix, 328 p. :,maps


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Sep 06, 2013

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.

Jun 27, 2011

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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