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Pagans author James J. ODonnell summary ´ 8 Ned this new cult while others denied its power erroneously believing it was little than a passing fadIn Pagans O’Donnell brings to life various pagan rites and essential features of Roman religion and life offers fresh portraits of iconic historical figures including Constantine Julian and Augustine and explores important themes Rome versus the east civilization versus barbarism plurality versus unity rich versus poor and tradition versus innovation in this startling accou. Not going to finish this one Not a cohesive relating of history and full of snark The Headstrong Miss Henley others denied its power erroneously believing it was little than a passing fadIn Pagans O’Donnell brings to life various pagan rites and essential features Forgotten Gospel of Roman religion and life Iris Murdoch Work for the Spirit offers fresh portraits The Tragedy of Macbeth of iconic historical figures including Constantine Julian and Augustine and explores important themes Rome versus the east civilization versus barbarism plurality versus unity rich versus poor and tradition versus innovation in this startling accou. Not going to finish this Bishops Angel one Not a cohesive relating Bedhead Skin Deep #3 of history and full Sticks and Stones Broken Heart #2 of snark

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Pagans author James J. ODonnell summary ´ 8 A provocative and contrarian religious history that charts the rise of Christianity from the point of view of traditional religion from the religious scholar and critically acclaimed author of AugustinePagans explores the rise of Christianity from a surprising and uniue viewpoint that of the people who witnessed their ways of life destroyed by what seemed then a powerful religious cult These “pagans” were actually pious Greeks Romans Syrians and Gauls who observed the tra. This was a great history of the late Romanearly Christian time period It wasn t uite what I thought I was getting but it was still very interesting and written in an easy to read style I thought I was going to get about the pagan religions of the time Instead I learned that the whole idea of being pagan as opposed to being Christian was a creation of the Christians once they found themselves in the position to be able to form public opinion As the author puts it Outside Christian imaginations there was no such thing as paganism only people doing what they were in the habit of doing Like those of us now who don t really espouse a religion but still celebrate Easter and Christmas The main points to know about the traditional pre Christian religions Their gods weren t perfect The gods weren t very nice The gods didn t care whether or not human beings did the right thing The gods hadn t created the world either They could help you if you were nice to themThe relationship between gods and humanity was much businesslike in traditional religions If you wanted something badly you made a sacrifice to the godgoddess of your choice and if they liked your offering you might get some divine help But there were no guaranteesIf I have learned nothing else from reading this book I realize now how completely current European and North American societies are shaped by Christianity It is the underlying assumption of all our societal structures Even atheism is completely shaped by its reaction against ChristianityAlso Christianity has changed greatly since its early days but some things never change It s still split into numerous denominations because its followers are prone to outrage at discovering that someone else dares to have a different opinion That judginess and tendency towards schismsexcommunication started early and continues on to present dayThe author doesn t talk about Neo Pagans except in one footnote but the Modern Pagan movement just by using the word pagan is defining itself in relation to Christianity Christians created the concept of paganism after all These Modern Pagans are much self conscious about their faith than the original worshippers of Zeus or Thor were The whole concept of having faith in a god being a Christian innovationAmusingly one of the pagan concepts that has hung on is the title of Pontiff for the Pope It was originally the title of the Roman official in charge of all religious occasions regardless of deity held in Rome under the EmperorsThe author has also written a book on St Augustine which might also be an interesting read although there s a good summary about him in the last half of this book

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Pagans author James J. ODonnell summary ´ 8 Ditions of their ancestors To these devout polytheists Christians who worshipped only one deity were immoral atheists who believed that a splash of water on the deathbed could erase a lifetime of sinReligious scholar James J O’Donnell takes us on a lively tour of the Ancient Roman world through the fourth century CE when Romans of every nationality social class and religious preference found their world suddenly constrained by rulers who preferred a strange new god Some joi. Pagans is an amazing book presenting history and culture while at the same time opening the reader s senses to a world that can t be examined through the today s lenses Jumping back in time 1500 2000 years can be confusing if not viewed through the mindset of those alive at that time While the author states this can be enjoyable he cautions that we should remind ourselves at the beginning and end of such stories is how easily we assume that the people in them are really just like us Thankfully author James J O Donnell does his best to keep us continually groundedThe book does a superb job analyzing the subject of how religions may lose favor with the populace with one becoming accepted than another What makes this book different is that the perspective mentioned in the last paragraph takes center stage and religious citizens from centuries ago are confronted with what they may have considered to be a cult Mr O Donnell s presentation is well researched offering thoughts based on written documentation rather than opinion Pagans could have been a stodgy bundle of historical facts presented in a studious and boring clump Fortunately the author kept his explanations interesting almost funny at times yet still manages to maintain an appropriate level of respect for the subject matter I found the descriptions of religious rites fascinating and the book thought provoking Five stars


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