Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Christianity: How a Tiny Sect from a Despised Religon Came to Dominate the Roman Empire

Christianity is the largest religion in the world, extending its reach to every continent and almost every nation in the world. Only Islam challenges its dominance, and Islam is six centuries younger. Christianity itself is a religion that emerged out of what at the time of its birth was a small, ethnically based, and much despised religion - not the kind of origins one would expect for a religion that would come to dominate the world scene.

It would take nearly four centuries for this faith to overcome its disadvantages - and the expected deviations from the "norm" - for it to gain not just respectability but imperial favor. Such is the story that Jonathan Hill, a Christian author and editor with a Ph.D. from the University of Singapore, tells in Christianity: How a Tiny Sect from a Despised Religion Came to Dominate the Roman Empire.this attractive, a coffee-table style history of Christianity that takes the story from its first century beginnings through the fourth century, when it came to dominate the Roman Empire.

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