How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years. According to Jenkins, the most violent (unChristian?!) period of Christian history was not the so-called Dark or Middle Ages, but occurred during a period that began in the fifth century--in the name of Christ and over conflicting views about his nature. A wide range of opinions and beliefs about Jesus circulated in the church for four hundred years until allied factions of Roman royalty and militia-wielding bishops burned cities and killed thousands of people in an unprecedented effort to stamp out opposing views. Jenkins recounts the fascinating, violent story of the church's fifth-century battles over "right belief" that had a far greater impact on the future of Christianity and the world than the much-touted Council of Nicea convened by Constantine a century before.
â€œAre you hungry for a rip-roaring tale of theological intrigue filled with conspiracies, Byzantine plots, murder, and mayhem? Or are you longing for a solid, informative, and accurate history of the development of Christian orthodoxy? If your answer is yes to both, Philip Jenkinsâ€™s 'Jesus Wars'...is your book.â€ --Christianity Today.
â€œJenkins manages to explain very clearly why people in the early Christian era were so passionately concerned with issues of high theology.â€ --The Economist
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