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Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (edition 2017)

by Larry W. Hurtado (Author)

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Title:Destroyer of the gods: Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World
Authors:Larry W. Hurtado (Author)
Info:Baylor University Press (2017), Edition: Reprint, 304 pages
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Destroyer of the Gods is concerned above all to emphasize what made the cult of Christ distinctive, indeed “unusual” in the context of Roman culture. Hurtado stresses that Christianity did not fit “what ‘religion’ was for people then,” and was accordingly dismissed as a superstitio (p. 2). It was the distinctive features of Christianity that account for its successes and not Constantine’s embrace. Indeed, according to Hurtado, Constantine probably adopted Christianity “because it had already become so successful,” despite attempts at suppression (p. 5).
 
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