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- DescriptionDrawing from primary texts, Early Controversies and the Growth of Christianity reveals how the religion was formed through a series of conflicts that occurred primarily between Christian groups. Presenting a close examination of the first four centuries of Christian history through the lens of the controversies that animated, disturbed, and finally formed the Church, the book will enable readers to become familiar with the lives and writings of the early Christians and to better understand the fascinating history of early Christianity. The book focuses on several major early controversies. These include controversies surrounding the apostle Paul; controversies concerning the apostolic fathers, especially the idea of a pope and the role of the bishop/priest; Marcion and his influence; Manichaeism and Gsticism; persecution and the Dontatists; Arianism; the rise of the bishop in the late 4th century; and, power struggles between church and state. Each chapter focuses on the primary texts and key players in the battle over what would finally become orthodox Christianity, demystifying many poorly understood events that ultimately helped define today's Church.
- Author BiographyKevin W. Kaatz, PhD, is lecturer in the Department of History at California State University, East Bay Campus, in Hayward, CA. Dr. Kaatz coauthored (along with S.N.C. Lieu and translator M. Vermes, Hegemonius, Acta Archelai ( The Acts of Archelaus ), Manichaean Studies, Vol. 4, and a number of other articles on early church history and in the field of neurology.
- Author(s)Kevin W. Kaatz
- Date of Publication13/02/2012
- SubjectChristian History & Denominations
- Series TitlePraeger Series on the Ancient World
- Place of PublicationWestport
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPraeger Publishers Inc
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, black & white tables
- Weight454 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine18 mm
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