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Cities of god : the real story of how Christianity became an urban movement and conquered Rome

Author: Rodney Stark
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperOne, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st HarperCollins pbk edView all editions and formats
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Draws on new scholarship and statistical information to challenge popular beliefs about early Christianity, addressing such topics as the purpose of Gnosticism, Paul's efforts to convert Jews, and the dissolution of paganism.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rodney Stark
ISBN: 0061349887 9780061349881
OCLC Number: 153579533
Notes: Originally published: San Francisco : HarperSan Francisco, 2006.
Awards: Winner of Book of the Year (Top 10) 2007
Description: 280 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: List of Maps and Illustrations --
Missions and Methods --
The Urban Empire --
Christianization --
Cybele and Isis: 'Oriental' Forerunners --
Paul and the Mission to the Hellenized Jews --
Gnosticism and Heresy --
The Last Days of Paganism --
Why Historians Ought to Count --
Acknowledgments --
Statistical Appendix.
Responsibility: Rodney Stark.

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Draws on new scholarship and statistical information to challenge popular beliefs about early Christianity, addressing such topics as the purpose of Gnosticism, Paul's efforts to convert Jews, and the dissolution of paganism.

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