Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Fifth-Century Political Battles that Forever Changed the Church

JESUS WARS by Philip JenkinsForbes called Philip Jenkins “one of America's top religious scholars” for very good reasons: Since 1980, he has taught at Penn State University, and currently holds the rank of Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities. He is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. Dr. Jenkins has published 24 books, including the revolutionary The Lost History of Christianitywhich explores the extinction of the earliest, most influential Christian churches of China, India, and the Middle East, which held the closest historical links to Jesus and were the dominant expression of Christianity throughout its first millennium.

Now, his renowned Jesus Wars is available in paperback—and we hope you'll consider making it required reading for one of your classes. In Jesus Wars, Dr. Jenkins reveals how official, orthodox teaching about Jesus was the product of political maneuvers by a handful of key characters in the fifth century. Jenkins argues that were it not for these controversies, the papacy as we know it would never have come into existence and that today's church could be teaching something very different about Jesus. It is only an accident of history that one group of Roman emperors and militia-wielding bishops defeated another faction to settle Christianity's greatest paradox: the dual nature of Jesus Christ, at both fully human and fully divine.

“Jenkins manages to explain very clearly why people in the early Christian era were so passionately concerned with issues of high theology.”—The Economist

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