God Against the Gods The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism

ISBN-10: 0142196339
ISBN-13: 9780142196335
Edition: N/A
Authors: Jonathan Kirsch
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/25/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

As conflicts over religious extremism dominate our front pages, the bestselling author of The Harlot by the Side of the Roadpresents a work of history that could not be more timely: a surprising look back at the origins of religious intolerance during the tumultuous fourth century. This is the epic story of how classical paganism, with its tolerance for many deities and beliefs, lost a centuries-long struggle with monotheism and its chauvinistic insistence on belief in one God. With his trademark blend of wit and scholarship, Kirsch traces the war of God against the gods from its roots in Ancient Egypt to its climax during the last stand of paganism the tumultuous fourth century, when two passionate, charismatic, and revolutionary Roman emperors, the Christian Constantine and the pagan Julian, changed the course of history and shaped the world we live in today.

He is a book columnist for The Los Angeles Times & author of the bestselling & critically acclaimed King david: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel, Moses: A Life & Harlot by the Side of the Road, writes & lectures widely. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Acknowledgments
Prologue: The Everlasting Fire: The Dark Side of Monotheism, the Bright Side of Polytheism
The God That Failed
Against All the Gods of Egypt: A Young Pharaoh's Experiment in Monotheism and Why It Failed
What Did Pagans Do? The Case Against Classical Paganism--and Why It Was Wrong
Terror and True Belief: The Jewish King Who Reinvented the Faith of Ancient Israel
Confessors and Traitors: Pagans and Christians Go to War in Ancient Rome
The War of God Against the Gods
"In This Sign, Conquer" The Curious Encounter of Christ and Constantine in the Struggle for the Roman Crown
The Harlot in the Bishop's Bed: The War Within the Christian Church over the Divinity of Christ
The Ruler of the Whole World: The Invention of the Totalitarian State by the First Christian Emperor of Rome
The Orphans of Macellum: The Christian Prince Who Survived a Blood Purge and Struggled for the Restoration of Paganism
The Secret Pagan: Gods, Empresses, and Julian's Unlikely Rise to the Imperial Throne
"Behold, the Rivers Are Running Backwards" The Pagan Counterrevolution of the Emperor Julian
Epilogue: The Handless Scribe: The Price of Victory of the Only True God
Chronology
Major Historical Figures
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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