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The growth of Christianity in the early centuries of the Common Era is one of the most extraordinary stories in world history. What began with a preaching day laborer and his dozen or so disciples soon grew to be the largest religion in the world, eventually taking over the entire Roman Empire. How did that happen? How was such a movement possible?

Over the years, scholars have offered a variety of theories, including:

  • The nature of Christianity as both exclusive and evangelical
  • The single-handed efforts of the Apostle Paul
  • The appeal of the Christian message for pagan audiences
  • The conversion of the Roman emperor Constantine

While all of these theories may have been involved, the rise of Christianity nonetheless feels like an impossibility. Delve into this fascinating occurrence in The Triumph of Christianity. Taught by Dr. Bart. D. Ehrman, these 24 investigative lectures trace the exponential growth of Christianity, from its origins in a Jewish outpost of the Roman Empire to its spread throughout the entire Western world.

In this extraordinary course, you will investigate the historical events that led to such an astonishing feat. With the objective eye of a historian, Bart takes you through the ancient Roman world, offering analysis on what we can know for sure and what lies in the realm of myth. While Bart is careful to delineate history from religion, he walks you through a number of theological discussions and debates around the nature of Christ, salvation, “end times”, and more.

Along the way, you will meet the historical Jesus and other figures from the beginnings of Christianity; learn about the Acts of the Apostles as they spread the message far and wide; see how the apocalyptic message of Jesus transformed into a theology of salvation; and witness the development of a unified church. From the message of Jesus of Nazareth to the beginnings of a Christian Roman Empire, The Triumph of Christianity provides new insights into one of the most compelling stories ever recorded.

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Went by too fast! Wish there were more

Only complaint is that I wish there were more lectures! Dr Ehrman presents a complicated and often sensitive subject in an even handed and easily understandable way.

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Powerful & Compelling

Wow. That final chapter was breathtaking. It was a brilliant summary taking in the strengths and weaknesses of Christianity and created reflection and philosophical self re-examination. Every chapter builds to this stunning climax. Excellent!

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Unbiased look at how Christianity came to dominate

Extremely engaging perspective of the rise of Christianity. The author explains his perspective as an agnostic atheist but doesn't push it down your throat amd so he remains largely unbiased.

Even as a Christian (albeit a liberal open minded one) I appreciate his secular explanation for how Christianity came to dominate), I think his view could work in congruence with the idea that the rise of Christianity had a divine influence.

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  • 12-21-21

informative and interesting

I really enjoyed this book. I have studied this subject before, but I this insightful and informative. I have just bought his book on the New Testament.