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Conversion : the old and the new in religion from Alexander the Great to Augustine of Hippo

Author: Arthur Darby Nock
Publisher: London : Oxford University Press, 1933.
Series: Donnellan lectures, 1931.; Lowell Institute lectures, 1933.
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This is a study of the circumstances and psychology of religious conversion during the last three centuries before Christ and the first four of the Christian era. The central theme is, of course, Christianity and its converts, of whom St. Augustine of Hippo is the great example; but Professor Nock also discusses the influence of philosophy, notably on Julian, and surveys the Non-Christian religions of the ancient  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Nock, Arthur Darby, 1902-1963.
Conversion.
London, Oxford University Press, 1933
(OCoLC)647029473
Named Person: Augustine, Saint Bishop of Hippo.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur Darby Nock
OCLC Number: 231136
Notes: "The substance of this book was delivered as Donnellan lectures at Trinity College, Dublin, in June 1931, and as Lowell lectures at King's Chapel, Boston, in 1933"--Preface, page viii.
Description: xii, 309 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: The idea of conversion --
The idea of conversion and Greek religion before Alexander the great --
Greeks in the East after Alexander --
The opposite current --
The path to Rome --
How Eastern cults traveled --
The appeal of these cults --
The success of these cults in the Roman Empire --
The conversion of Lucius --
The last phase --
Conversion to philosophy --
The spread of Christianity as a social phenomenon --
The teachings of Christianity as viewed by a pagan --
Three types of conversion. Justin, Arnobius, Augustine. --
Notes.
Series Title: Donnellan lectures, 1931.; Lowell Institute lectures, 1933.
Responsibility: by A.D. Nock.

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This is a study of the circumstances and psychology of religious conversion during the last three centuries before Christ and the first four of the Christian era. The central theme is, of course, Christianity and its converts, of whom St. Augustine of Hippo is the great example; but Professor Nock also discusses the influence of philosophy, notably on Julian, and surveys the Non-Christian religions of the ancient world, the way in which they spread and the measure of their success. The book is written in untechnical language for the general reader, and it will be of equal interest to students of the Roman Empire and to students of the general problem of religious conversion.

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