- Series: The Haskell Lectures on History of Religions (Book 2)
- Paperback: 204 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Later prt. edition (February 15, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226076229
- ISBN-13: 978-0226076225
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity (The Haskell Lectures on History of Religions) Later prt. Edition
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Of course some may find that while his approach in unconventional, many of his theories have been advanced by Christian apologists throughout the past century. They have come to many of his conclusions be different.That said there is little to quibble about and the the notes alone are worth the price of the book.
The style of writing is at times pedestrian and may feel daunting to those readers who have not attuned their ear to the sounds of academia. SInce this book was written for the general, or thereabouts, public, it is a drawback. The reader must truly want to delve into this period. Let us be thankful that there are still scholars who find merit in studying the world of "dead white males" or females.
This is not a book to breeze through; rather, it requires careful, line by line reading. Recommended for readers who have the patience necessary to glean understanding from this scholarly material.
As an outsider to the history behind the Catholic Cult of the Saints, I found (what I read from) Brown's book to be very knowledgeable in the historical aspects. It is a great introductory book for anyone beginning to dig deeper into his faith's history. Brown's style of writing keeps one focused (unless you're reading at 1 in the morning) and intrigued throughout his writing. The worst part about it is probably the untranslated Latin but that was only because I didn't have a computer to translate for me while reading it.
Brown proves to be a great authority on retrieving an ancient tradition for the modern world. I will definitely have to finish this book before I return to school for the Spring semester.