Destroyer of the Gods Hardback
Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World
by Larry W. Hurtado;
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Destroyer of the Gods
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Unquestionably, to the Roman world, Christianity was both new and different, and, to a good many, it threatened social and religious conventions of the day. In the rejection of the gods and in the centrality of texts, early Christianity obviously reflected commitments inherited from its Jewish origins. But these particular features were no longer identified with Jewish ethnicity and early Christianity quickly became aggressively trans-ethnic--a novel kind of religious movement. Its ethical teaching, too, bore some resemblance to the philosophers of the day, yet in contrast with these great teachers and their small circles of dedicated students, early Christianity laid its hard demands upon all adherents from the moment of conversion, producing a novel social project. Christianity's novelty was no badge of honor. Called atheists and suspected ofpolitical subversion, Christiansearned Roman disdain and suspicion in equal amounts. Yet, as Destroyer of the gods demonstrates, inan irony of history the very features of early Christianity that rendered it distinctive and objectionable in Roman eyes have now become so commonplace in Western culture as to go unnoticed.
Christianity helped destroy one world and create another.
Destroyer of the Gods by Larry W. Hurtado was published by Baylor University Press in September 2016. The ISBN for Destroyer of the Gods is 9781481304733.
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|Page last updated||26th January 2017|
|Author / Artist||Larry W. Hurtado|
|Publisher||Baylor University Press (September 2016)|
|Number of Pages||220|