Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years

Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 years

by John Philip Jenkins

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Overview

The Fifth-Century Political Battles That Forever Changed the Church

In this fascinating account of the surprisingly violent fifth-century church, PhilipJenkins describes how political maneuvers by a handful of powerful charactersshaped Christian doctrine. Were it not for these battles, today’s church could beteaching something very different about the nature of Jesus, and the papacy as weknow it would never have come into existence. Jesus Wars reveals the profoundimplications of what amounts to an accident of history: that one faction ofRoman emperors and militia-wielding bishops defeated another.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061768934
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/08/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 543,283
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Philip Jenkins, the author of The Lost History of Christianity, Jesus Wars, and The Next Christendom, is a Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. He has published articles and op-ed pieces in The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The Atlantic Monthly, and The Washington Post and has been a guest on top national radio shows across the country.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction: Who Do You Say That I Am? vii

Terms and Definitions xvii

Maps xx

1 The Heart of the Matter 1

Part 1 God and Caesar 39

2 The War of Two Natures 41

3 Four Horsemen: The Church's Patriarchs 75

4 Queens, Generals, and Emperors 103

Part 2 Councils of Chaos 129

5 Not the Mother of God? 131

6 The Death of God 169

7 Chalcedon 199

Part 3 A World to Lose 227

8 How the Church Lost Half the World 229

9 What Was Saved 267

Appendix: The Main Figures in the Story 279

Notes 289

Index 319

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