Henry Chadwick paints a portrait of the early Christians, constructed
out of a mosaic of the ancient sources, giving the general reader a fresh awareness
of the life of this momentous community. The Church is seen in close relation
to its original setting in Jewish and Gentile society, toward which the Christians
were indebted, and yet at the same time, with the zeal of martyrs, defiant.
The internal controversies among the Christians are analysed with a rare clarity.
In conclusion, the author examines the conversion of Constantine and the supression
of paganism by Theodosius, which led to the development of the social and political
role of the Church, and the contrasting institutions of Papacy and Monasticism,
which continue to assert the independence of secular values.
For further reading there is a list of books, which has been brought up to
date for this revised edition.
- Publisher: Penguin; Revised edition (October 1, 1993)
- ISBN-10: 0140231994
- ISBN-13: 9780140231991
- Language: English
- Paperback: 320 pages