Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

by Tom Holland


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A "marvelous" (Economist) account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination.
Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus-was to be worshipped as a god. Dominion explores the implications of this shocking conviction as they have reverberated throughout history. Today, the West remains utterly saturated by Christian assumptions. As Tom Holland demonstrates, our morals and ethics are not universal but are instead the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed. From Babylon to the Beatles, Saint Michael to #MeToo, Dominion tells the story of how Christianity transformed the modern world.

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ISBN-13: 9780465093502
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/29/2019
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 51,187
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

Tom Holland is an award-winning historian of the ancient world, a translator of Greek classical texts, and a documentary writer. He is the author of six other books, including Rubicon, recipient of the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History and shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and Persian Fire, winner of the Anglo-Hellenic League's Runciman Award. He contributes regularly to the Guardian, the Times of London, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Part I Antiquity

1 Athens 479 BC: The Hellespont 21

2 Jerusalem 63 BC: Jerusalem 47

3 Mission ad 19: Galatia 80

4 Belief AD 177: Lyon 107

5 Charity ad 362: Pessinus 137

6 Heaven 492: Mount Gargano 159

7 Exodus 632: Carthage 179

Part II Christendom

8 Conversion 754: Frisia 201

9 Revolution 1076: Cambrai 222

10 Persecution 1229: Marburg 247

11 Flesh 1300: Milan 271

12 Apocalypse 1420: Tabor 292

13 Reformation 1520: Wittenberg 314

14 Cosmos 1620: Leiden 338

Part III Modernitas

15 Spirit 1649: St George's Hill 363

16 Enlightenment 1762: Toulouse 387

17 Religion 1825: Baroda 413

18 Science 1876: The Judith River 435

19 Shadow 1916: The Somme 459

20 Love 1967: Abbey Road 488

21 Woke 2015: Rostock 515

Acknowledgements 543

Notes 545

Bibliography 575

Index 593

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