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Christianizing the Roman Empire (A.D. 100-400)

Author: Ramsay MacMullen
Publisher: New Haven [Conn.] ; London : Yale, 1986, ©1984.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ramsay MacMullen
ISBN: 0300036426 9780300036428
OCLC Number: 13334073
Notes: Originally published: 1984.
Description: vii, 183 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Problems of Approach --
What Pagans Believed --
Christianity as Presented --
Points of Contact, Modes of Persuasion, before --
Constantine as a Friend of the Church --
Nonreligious Factors in Conversion --
Evangelical Campaigns and Publicity, after --
Conversion of Intellectuals --
How Complete Was Conversion? --
Conversion by Coercion --
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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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