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James J. ODonnell ä 5 review review Pagans by James J. ODonnell é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 Versuchte Nähe 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 Sermons and Discourses 1730 1733 The Works of Jonathan Edwards Series Volume 17 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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James J. ODonnell ä 5 review review Pagans by James J. ODonnell é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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 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 uestioned 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

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James J. ODonnell ä 5 review review Pagans by James J. ODonnell é PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free 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. Read 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 barbeue smoke That the high voices of chanting children reached divine ears Surely there were skeptics and sages who knew betterBased on this uote I gather that O Donnell euates a false God with a fake god Readers of ancient literature know that Zeus and his kind wereare false dishonest changeable unfaithful False and Existent The Temple of Athena at Memphis Tennessee is currently maintained and repaired Many still recognize and honor Athena even if she is not the The Great One the The Alpha and the Omega The One True GodBy denying the existence of the false gods O Donnell has just destroyed his opportunity to to compare the false pagan gods with the true God who is honest unchanging and faithful The comparison would hold my interest delight me and inform me Now I just am not interestedThe