Christianity in the Roman Empire

by Robert E. Winn     |     Book Summary


Author: Robert E. Winn
Publisher: Hendrickson
Date: 2018
Pages: 150

Book Summary of Christianity in the Roman Empire by Robert E. Winn


The backdrop behind which the early church grew was riddled with cultural and societal pressures. In the pre-Constantinian Roman Empire (approximately 100-300 AD), Christians faced numerous challenges, from disinterest and mockery to vicious persecution. In addition to the pressures from outside the church, there were serious doctrinal disputes within the body of Christ in those early days. Yet, the gospel flourished and the early church was born — a movement that is still carrying on to this day. 

In the face of these myriad trials, early Christians “sometimes…demonstrated inspiring unity and courage, sometimes they took the easy path of compliance…and sometimes they fought bitterly against themselves” (p. x). In other words, they were much like God’s chosen people today. 

This introductory text provides rich descriptions of the beliefs and practices of the early church and highlights some of the most well known early church leaders’ thoughts on key doctrinal issues of their time. The inspiring stories and valuable lessons learned through the trials and disputes of the early church serve as an encouragement to believers today.





Christianity in the Roman Empire

by Robert E. Winn

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Book Summary of Christianity in the Roman Empire by Robert E. Winn

AuthorRobert Winn
PublisherHendrickson
Date2018
Pages150


Overview:

The backdrop behind which the early church grew was riddled with cultural and societal pressures. In the pre-Constantinian Roman Empire (approximately 100-300 AD), Christians faced numerous challenges, from disinterest and mockery to vicious persecution. In addition to the pressures from outside the church, there were serious doctrinal disputes within the body of Christ in those early days. Yet, the gospel flourished and the early church was born — a movement that is still carrying on to this day. 

In the face of these myriad trials, early Christians “sometimes…demonstrated inspiring unity and courage, sometimes they took the easy path of compliance…and sometimes they fought bitterly against themselves” (p. x). In other words, they were much like God’s chosen people today. 

This introductory text provides rich descriptions of the beliefs and practices of the early church and highlights some of the most well known early church leaders’ thoughts on key doctrinal issues of their time. The inspiring stories and valuable lessons learned through the trials and disputes of the early church serve as an encouragement to believers today.