How Christianity Saved Civilization

...And Must Do So Again

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Ancient Rome’s brutal culture exploited the weak and considered human life expendable. Women were used as property; unwanted children were left on the streets to die.

Four centuries later, even ordinary men and women prospered in what had become a vigorous new Christian society – a society that served the vulnerable, exalted women, treasured virtue, and loved peace.

Faith had triumphed. Truth was proclaimed. And on this rock-solid foundation, Christian society flourished in the West for the next 1500 years.

These eye-opening pages document the many ways in which Christians penetrated and civilized that debased Roman empire, introducing then-radical notions such as the equal dignity of women, respect for life, protection of the weak and vulnerable, and the obligation of rulers to serve those they rule and maximize their freedom.

Here you’ll learn about the seven specific areas where any paganism, ancient or modern, is particularly vulnerable. They provide a roadmap for modern Christians to reclaim for the Faith our own neo-pagan modern culture.

Facing an overwhelmingly dark and hostile culture, Rome’s early Christians took the steps necessary to transform it. Their struggles and the hard lessons they learned – documented here – afford us hope that, by imitating their example, we may do the same for our culture today.

How Christianity Saved Civilization was previously published as Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change It Again. This new edition has been brought into print to offer hope that Christianity may once again transform our dark and hostile culture.

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  • Pages: 270
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-622827-190
  • Product Code: 7190
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A Roadmap for Faithful Witness in a Hostile Culture
This book provides an excellent survey of the revolutionary impact that Christianity had on ancient civilization. As Aquilina and Papandrea convincingly demonstrate, there are all sorts of convictions that we take for granted (e.g., about protection of the vulnerable, fidelity in marriage, freedom from coercion in matters of faith, etc.,), which were brought to the fore primarily through the influence of the Christian movement. The book ends on a sober (but hopeful) note, pointing out that Christians are being called now to preserve these ideas in the face of a dominant culture that no longer respects the dignity of each human life and that sets forth consumeristic hedonism as the primary end of living. Aquilina and Papandrea's monograph is especially to be lauded for the way that it combines meticulous historical research with crystal clear prose, ensuring that their study is readily accessible to a broad audience of readers. For all of the above reasons, I heartily recommend this title.
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A call for the recovery of the just wisdom that the Ancient Church gifted to the world.
While it's become fashionable in conversation and other media these days to imagine the darker moments of Christian history as the roots of the present world's social ills (indeed, a tragically ironic reversal of the once widespread recognition of and gratitude for the Church's fundamental transformation of human society from barbarian/pagan to abundantly civilized) this very readable book makes an insistent case that when it comes to the need for a broad-reaching recovery of the just wisdom that the Ancient Church gifted to the world, there's no time like the present.
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Indispensable Christianity
In today’s media we learn about elected officials who applaud the signing of a late-term abortion law in the Empire State and who placidly explain how infanticide would be accomplished under a bill proposed in Virginia. Without recognizing it, our society has regressed to the barbarity of Ancient Rome, where babies who were female or deformed or otherwise unwanted were “exposed,” i.e., left to die. It was Christianity that lifted civilization up from such evil, because followers of Jesus acknowledged the dignity of every person. How ironic that many modern females, who would have been disposable chattel in earlier times, now consider it their right to discard the human lives growing inside them. Mike Aquilina and James Papandrea have given us an eloquent exposition of the ways that Christian thought elevated humanity. Maybe our secular society should give Christianity another look.
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Insightful and Informative
One of the most insightful, informative, and well written histories of Christianity's emergence from amidst the ancient world that I have ever read. The authors' deft handling of both pagan and Christian sources reveals their comprehensive grasp of the Greco-Roman context of the apostolic faith. The intelligent comparison of pre-Christian pagan culture with our post-Christian secular society is both persuasive and challenging. This book should be on the shelves of any serious student of Western Civilization and the history of the patristic church. A helpful tool for the New Evangelization.
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An historical perspective with a contemporary application
This book gives a positive spin to the quote, "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it." Aquilina and Papandrea show that the success of the Christian cultural revolution of the first five centuries provides a road map to duplicate that success in our current society. Seven key areas of the Christian transformation of the ancient world are examined and the lessons are then applied to today, with concrete suggestions for implementation. Well written, insightful, thought provoking - well worth reading!
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How Christianity Saved Civilization Set bundle

How Christianity Saved Civilization Set

Rooted in the depths of early civilization, Christianity has triumphed over the dark and hostile cultures of the world. How do we continue to hope and thrive during these harsh times?

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