"The Christians as the Romans Saw Them" by Robert Louis Wilken

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them Second Edition Robert Louis Wilken

Publication date:
10 Apr 2003
Yale University Press
238 pages: 197 x 127mm
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This book, which includes a new preface by the author, offers an engrossing portrayal of the early years of the Christian movement from the perspective of the Romans.
“A fascinating . . . account of early Christian thought. . . . Readable and exciting.”—Robert McAfee Brown, New York Times Book Review
“Should fascinate any reader with an interest in the history of human thought.”—Phoebe-Lou Adams, Atlantic Monthly
“The pioneering study in English of Roman impressions of Christians during the first four centuries A.D.”—E. Glenn Hinson, Christian Century
"This gracefully written study . . . draws upon well-known sources—both pagan and Christian—to provide the general reader with an illuminating account . . . [of how] Christianity appeared to the Romans before it became the established religion of the empire."—Merle Rubin, Christian Science Monitor

Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books, including The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God, published by Yale University Press.

"A stimulating book which will deservedly attract a wide readership."—John Creed, Times Higher Education Supplement

"A fascinating . . . account of early Christian thought. . . . Readable and exciting."—Robert McAfee Brown, New York Times Book Review

"Wilken draws on a variety of sources to present 'pagan criticism' of Christianity from the beginning of the early second century to the late fourth century. . . . A fascinating book."—Publishers Weekly

"A unique contribution to the subject in English. It is written with understanding, humanity, and wit and should be useful to students of history and religion at both the graduate and undergraduate levels."—Caroline T. Marshall, History: Review of New Books

"The book is well written and very easy to read. It is designed for non-specialists rather than for scholars, though there are interesting quotations from little-known as well as from famous sources, which specialists in the field might on occasion find useful. . . . An ambitious undertaking."—Gerald Bray, Churchman

"There are many perceptive insights in this modest book."—Averill Cameron, Heythrop Journal

"Wilken's account of Julian's assault on Christianity, though relatively brief, is arguably the best available in English. . . . His sympathetic understanding of the main competitors of Christianity, coupled with his attention to the social and cultural environment, his good judgement, and the clarity of his style provide an object lesson to all students of the historical progress of the early Church."—Peter Garnsey