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In Jesus Wars, historian Philip Jenkins tells the fascinating, violent story of the Church's fifth century battles over 'right belief' that had a far greater impact on the future of Christianity and the world than the much-touted Council of Nicea convened by Constantine a century before. Over the last 2000 years, Christians have repeatedly struggled to resolve the tension between two seemingly rival claims: Jesus was fully human and yet fully divine. Never was the debate more central to Christianity than during the Church Councils of the fifth century. The struggles with the Roman Empire over these issues were breathtaking and bloody, and involved a galaxy of incredible characters. The story culminates in a full-scale civil war that tears the empire apart for decades over the core question of the nature of Jesus Christ.

"In showing general readers how he finds fresh ideas and the resurrections of past teachings invigorating to religious studies, Jenkins provides an accessible book . . . the book enlightens readers on the backstory to current Christian divisions . . . "--Library Journal

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  • PDF | 352 pages
  • Philip Jenkins(Author)
  • SPCK Publishing (20 May 2010)
  • English
  • 7
  • Religion & Spirituality

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  • By Strv 74 on 29 July 2013

    Professor Philip Jenkins has written a book about a very difficult subject and he has succeeded very well. The Title is provocative, Jesus Wars, but the story is about how Christians fought during several centuries over the issue of how to view Jesus. God, human or both?Seen with todays eyes this sounds like a mere exercise in theoretical theology best taken place in universities or churches but as he shows it was far from that. Thousands of people were killed, tortured or persecuted and the debate had the same political weight as the wars fought during that period. This is one of the book's great values. It complements all other history books dealing with this period (300 - 700 AD)and gives you a fuller understanding of what took place.The Subject is hard to grasp since it is how to interpret details in the bible concerning Jesus and his time. There are no hard facts to base the story on, just theological discussions going on for centuries. Professor Jenkins has managed to make these events come alive and presents it in a way that even if it takes some effort you do not have to be a professional theological student to follow the presentation. The Main impact on the Roman and Byzantium empires from these events is presented in a clear and interesting way.The Story is supported with a number of appendixes that are very helpful. There is just one lacking. There should have been an appendix on all Christian subgroups in the book in order to understand them better. Sometimes there are just names of various churches listed without any closer presentation.The Subtitle of the book is "How Four Patriarch, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would believe for the Next 1.500 Years". Unfortunately, there are so many Patriarchs, Queens and Emperors in the book that I am not sure who he was thinking of when he wrote the subtitle. I could guess but I am not certain. On the other hand I did not focus on identifying them through the text. Anyhow, the subtitle is misleading since professor Jenkins in the end of the book gives most of the credit to the spread of Islam. Islam conquered all territories where the churches had a different opinion so in the end we were left with what we have today.Rather early in the book professor Jenkins makes an attempt to compare Christianity and Islam and probably wants the reader to understand that we are not that different. He compares the violent development in Christianity AD 500 with the violent development in Islam today and wants us to know that we used to be troubled by the same problems like they have today. Unfortunately, what he does is telling us that Islam is 1500 years behind us in development. Maybe that was not his intention.But apart from these minor details the book is very educational and a great source for those of us trying to understand our common history.


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