Rubenstein's brisk, incisive prose brings the councils' 4th-century Roman setting fully alive, with riots, civil strife, and spectacular public debates. Rubenstein is also personally invested in the meaning of these councils for religious life today: he wrote this book, in part, because he grew up in a mixed Jewish Catholic neighborhood and was bewildered by animosity between the religious groups on his block. Digging back in history, Rubenstein learns that before the Arian controversy, "Jews and Christians could talk to each other and argue among themselves about crucial issues like the divinity of Jesus.... They disagreed strongly about many things, but there was still a closeness between them." But when the controversy was settled, Rubenstein notes, "that closeness faded. To Christians, God became a Trinity and heresy became a crime. Judaism became a form of infidelity. And Jews living in Christian countries learned not to think very much about Jesus and his message." --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The following words I did not craft out of my own uniqueness - they are not my words but they are my heart. Read morePublished 24 days ago by T. Mears
This is a great history lesson on the first 4 centuries of Christianity in the Roman Empire. The story may not be welcomed by fundamentalist Christian that believe the Holy Trinity... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J Luer
The truth you won't get in Sunday School. Well written and easy to read. Not for someone who has to have it the way you've always been taught.Published 3 months ago by Steve Russell
interesting book! good explanation on how the divinity of the Messiah evolved under the Roman Empire!Published 3 months ago by Glenna
I tend to enjoy theological books, but not this one. The author makes great claims for special insights into the role of Paul in shaping a version of Christianity far different... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I find this an easy to read book and very fascinating story line going back to the time of Arianism.Published 3 months ago by Faune
I read this book for a humanities course in college. It was a fascinating discussion of the thoughts and mindset of early church leaders. Read morePublished 4 months ago by sazzy