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The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity

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The Modern Scholar: From Jesus to Christianity
Author Thomas F. Madden
Narrator Thomas F. Madden
Runtime 7.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher Recorded Books
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Entrusting the apostles to continue the work he had started by instructing them to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit . . .,” Jesus kindled the fires of a new religion in a world largely dominated by polytheism, cult leader worship, and mysticism. In the first century of its existence, Christianity was both welcomed and vilified throughout the Roman Empire. Many of Christianity’s original adherents were martyred —murdered by those who believed it a danger to their authority or, at the very least, the cause of unrest among an otherwise docile populace.

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Entrusting the apostles to continue the work he had started by instructing them to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit . . .,” Jesus kindled the fires of a new religion in a world largely dominated by polytheism, cult leader worship, and mysticism. In the first century of its existence, Christianity was both welcomed and vilified throughout the Roman Empire. Many of Christianity’s original adherents were martyred —murdered by those who believed it a danger to their authority or, at the very least, the cause of unrest among an otherwise docile populace.



Christians themselves practiced their religion with great diversity, linked as much to local influences as theology. Political intrigue, theological beliefs, and simple misunderstandings created a need for dialogue between the many practitioners of the growing faith.



Christianity’s adoption as the official faith of the Roman state tied it inexorably to the fortunes of the Empire. This also helped to create a gulf between the two main theological branches of the religion, which remain to this day.

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I forgot to post the syllabus!...
I forgot to post the syllabus! Here it is:

Course Syllabus
Lecture 1 The Roman World

Lecture 2 Judaea in the Time of Christ

Lecture 3 The Age of the Apostles

Lecture 4 The Spread of Christianity

Lecture 5 The Organization of the Early Church

Lecture 6 Christian Heresies

Lecture 7 The Early Church Fathers

Lecture 8 Roman Persecutions

Lecture 9 The Conversion of Constantine

Lecture 10 Christianity as the Official Religion of Rome

Lecture 11 The Rise of Christian Monasticism

Lecture 12 The Latin Fathers

Lecture 13 Christianity and the Fall of Rome in the West

Lecture 14 Challenges from the East

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I have not listened to any...
I have not listened to any of the lectures from the "Modern Scholar" collection so I cannot give a proper review, [I gave it five stars because I had to mark something and I didn't want to scare anyone off] but I thought a syllabus might be good information to have. There is also a free 59 page guide for this course in pdf format available from the following site. I would love to read someone else's review. Please post! I copied and pasted this from the following website:

http://www.rbfilm.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=scholar.show_course&course_id=66

By the way, the cds of this course from the other website cost almost 10X what cristianaudio.com charges. Thank You christianaudio!
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