From the New York Times best-selling authority on early Christianity, the story of how Christianity grew from a religion of 20 or so peasants in rural Galilee to the dominant religion in the West in less than 400 years.
Christianity didn't have to become the dominant religion in the West. It easily could have remained a sect of Judaism fated to have the historical importance of the Sadducees or the Essenes. In The Triumph of Christianity, Bart Ehrman, a master explainer of Christian history, texts, and traditions, shows how a religion whose first believers were 20 or so illiterate day laborers in a remote part of the empire became the official religion of Rome, converting some 30 million people in just four centuries. The Triumph of Christianity combines deep knowledge and meticulous research in an eye-opening narrative that upends the way we think about the single most important cultural transformation our world has ever seen - one that revolutionized art, music, literature, philosophy, ethics, economics, and law.
Another great book on the history of Christianity. Ehrman's books are incredible. While this one is a little deeper and might take more than one read, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about how Christianity grew and the background of the era it grew in.
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Would you consider the audio edition of The Triumph of Christianity to be better than the print version?
I did not read the print version but enjoyed hearing the audio edition. There is so much historical information from early times that I don't think I would have read the print version in a timely manner.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Triumph of Christianity?
Hearing about the pagan religions of people who lived before and during Jesus' time and how their religions did not have the overarching narrative that Christianity had, and how that may have given Christianity its appeal; that was very interesting.
Any additional comments?
I had heard the author interviewed recently. I had already read his first two books and did not realize he had more books between those first ones and this book, The Triumph of Christianity. I was thinking this was going to be about Jesus' charismatic personality or what, exactly, drew people to follow him. Miracles that could not be explained, perhaps? But this is not that book. This book is more of a sociological study of how Christianity gained momentum and became a worldwide religion. After listening to this, I read Ehrman's book Jesus, Interrupted. That book is back at the beginning of Christianity, going through how the Bible was created. Both books are amazing (all of his books are) and I highly recommend them to Christians and non-Christians alike.
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I know some people hate the work of Bart Ehrman because they complain about the results of his scholarship. Not that they can provide a logical alternative. I’ve come to learn much from each of his book and understand logical alternative to church teaching. What’s obvious is that most church attendees are biblically illiterate.
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A well researched and thought out book. It tells the story of Christianity very well from a historical point of view.
It’s a nice detailed overview of the historic rise of Christianity. It’s very useful to get sense of what actually happened and is a good resource for thoughtful Christians and non-Christians. The reading is okay but a bit dry. Sometimes the text is repetitive. Several places the same idea is repeated more than once.
Excellent record of the conquest of the Roman Empire by Christianity. Highly recommend this audio book.
This book provides terrific insight into how and why Christianity proliferated during the time after Jesus died and was resurrected.
Enlightening, without being prejudicial. A real enjoyable book that uses historical facts and theory to give the reader varying acounts of religious history.
I have enjoyed Bart’s other works- they are well done and required reading for the informed and open-minded.
This book, however, is another matter altogether. There is nothing new and especially given his other works, entirely too much reliance on much later scripture- at times this is his only citation and “ source” of an element of his argument. His attempts at "math" also show his expertise lies elsewhere.
His argument, however, ultimately fails, and he does not make even a decent case for the premise of the title of the book.
This is perhaps 101-level for believers and certainly less than that for others.
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My only issue with the book was the entirety of the story never leaving Roman times.
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