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➶ Pagans Free ➬ Author James J. O'Donnell – Renegades-bempflingen.de 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 AugustiA 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 unique 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 trad.

Itions 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 joined.

pagans ebok Pagans MOBIItions 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 joined.

Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition

Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition James Joseph O'Donnell is a classical scholar and University Librarian at Arizona State University He formerly served as University Professor at Georgetown University 2012 2015 and as Provost of Georgetown University from 2002–2012 O'Donnell previously served as Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing at the University of Pennsylvania 1996–2002 He is a former President of the Ame

10 thoughts on “Pagans

  1. Chris Jaffe Chris Jaffe says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBII had two major problems with this book First I had trouble grasping the main argument I felt like I was getting parts here and there but the overall greater picture eluded me I wasn’t fully sure what was going on Second maybe I shouldn’t have read this in the first place as I don’t fully trust O’Donnell Years ago I read his earlier work “The Ruin of the Roman Empire” There his main argument was that Justinian ruined the classical world and ushered in the Dark Ages It was a provocative thesis but the I’ve read about that period since then the I sensed that he pushed his argument too far for anyone’s good Frankly I felt that at the time as he even dumped on the Hagia Sophia Anything Justinian did was bad So I entered this book thinking that O’Donnell pushes


  2. Daniel Farabaugh Daniel Farabaugh says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBIThis book was disappointing in the attitude of the author His research was good and his point well made but he had such a condescending view to the ancients that it made the work distasteful He went out of the way to say that there gods did not exist and even questioned whether they really believed in them This level of disdain was unwarranted He did not make the same statements about Christians even though there is no actual proof of their god's existence It was disappointing


  3. Wanda Wanda says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBIThis was a great history of the late Romanearly Christian time period It wasn’t quite 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? ①Their gods weren’t perfect ②The gods weren’t very nice ③The gods didn’t


  4. Jo Walton Jo Walton says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBIThis is exactly the way popular non fiction ought to be erudite insightful but not assuming background knowledge of the reader I learned valuable things I enjoyed reading it and it made me think about some things I thought I knew Exc


  5. Dee Arr Dee Arr says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBI“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


  6. Peter Pete Mcloughlin Peter Pete Mcloughlin says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBIAncient pagans and modern secularists have a few things in common with each other that they do not share with our strongly monotheistic brothers and sisters We are foxes We care about many things not just one big thing We live in a universe that is a mediocre mixed bag of good and evil without an overarching plan Monotheists are creatures of a Supreme being For modern secularists we are the playthings of natural forces and for the ancient polytheists we were held hostage to the whims of the olympians We have much in common with foxy pagan ancestors and in some way divorced from our faithful predecessors It is inte


  7. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBII enjoyed reading this book and found it thought provoking but I can't quite muster that final star It took a while to figure out where O'Donnell was going I decided to read Pagans because of the book summary that talked about how this was a history of the rise of Christianity as told from the viewpoints of the non Christians whose religions were destroyed by it That's not entirely off base but having read the book I'd say O'Donnell is arguing that paganism was created by Christianity as something it was differentiating itself from It's not an entirely new argument—I've heard it over the years from modern Pagan writ


  8. Amy Amy says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBINot going to finish this one Not a cohesive relating of history and full of snark


  9. Cynda Cynda says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBIRead with GR group Nonfiction Book ClubI should have known that I would likely not like this book The publisher Harper Collins is not Shambala Books for example But since the group I read with would give me extra points for a reading challenge I thought to give the book a try I knew betterReading through the length of the Prologue of Chapter 1 of Chapter 2 I kept wondering when O'Donnell would put aside the narrative to start the argument When I read the very first paragraph of Chapter 3 I knew I was done reading this bookDid everyone really believe that the gods got high on barbeque smoke? That the high voices of chanting children reached divine ears? Surely there were skeptics and sages who knew betterBased on this quote I gather that O'Donnell equates a false God with a fake god Rea


  10. Nick Nick says:

    Pagans PDF/EPUB ´ Kindle Edition pagans ebok, Pagans MOBII suppose the argument of the redoubtable James J O'Donnell in this book ought to surprise no one in this day and age then as now one of the essential strategies to building a movement is to identify the enemy define it as a threat and if necessary make up the evidence O'Donnell points out that no one thought of themselves as a pagan until the Christians adapted an old word for that purpose He finds much of the rhetoric of the early Christians warning about resurgences of old modes of worship including orgies and animal sacrifice to be essentially propaganda as he points out the eucharist is in some ways an adaptation of sacrifice and Christians came in for their share of libel on that score in the early days Once Constantine opened up the patronage system to Christians and their churches and especially once Theodosius made Christianity to exclusive religion of empire it became critically important to arrive on an internal definition fighting off the Arians and Manicheans to name jus


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