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Destroyer of the gods. Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World, written by Larry W. Hurtado

In: Vigiliae Christianae
Author: Anthony Smart1
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  • 1 York St John University
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Destroyer of the gods. Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World, Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press 2016, xiv + 340 pp., ISBN 978-1-60258-997-1, US$ 59.95 (hb with jacket).

By the fall of the western empire in the fifth century, Rome and Christianity had become synonymous with one another. When the courtiers around Charlemagne sought to view the Frankish domain as an empire in the late eighth and early ninth centuries, it was to Rome’s Christian and imperial identities they turned. However, the success of early Christianity in challenging and usurping the dominant pantheistic religious traditions of Rome

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