Re: [XTalk]Religion and Politics in the first two centuries CE
- Dear Mr. Choi,
It is my understanding that in antiquity there was no separation of politics
and religion. The King was also a sort of Priest to some extent, the temple
supported politics. As both politics and religion are concerned with
controlling people, perhaps politics arose out of competing relgious
ideologies originally ?
The first two centuries CE and its political developments, are to some
degree driven by religious issues. A nice overview of politics and religion
can be had in Arnold Toynbee's The Crucible of Christianity, Judaism,
Hellenism and the Historical Background to the Christian Faith (N.Y. World
Publishing Co., 1969, also imprinted under Thames & Hudson, London).
Another useful work is Professor Barry Cunliffe's Rome and Her Empire (N.Y.
McGraw-Hill.1978) for a broad synthesis.
All the best, Walter
Walter Reinhold Warttig Mattfeld
Walldorf by Heidelberg
- I highly recommend Justo Gonzalez' "The Story of Christianity." Formally in
two volumes and very expensive, CBD is now offering this standard in one
volume, and for less than $10. It is a limited offer, so you will have to get
I believe it is at www.christianbooks.com.
This is a history which gives attention tot he social, political, economic as
well as religious climate in which Church history developed.
Peace to you,
www.EvangelAssemblyOfGod.org (UPDATED Jan 17)
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