In Jesus Wars, historian Philip Jenkins tells the controversial and at times breathtakingly violent story of the early Churchs battles over `right belief.
Over the past 2,000 years, Christians have repeatedly struggled to resolve the tension between two seemingly rival claims: Jesus was fully human and yet fully divine. This struggle caused conflict and divisions in the Church from its earliest days. But never was the debate more fiercely waged than during the Church Councils of the fifth century, when for a few years it seemed likely that the Church might formally abandon its belief in the humanity of Jesus and describe him solely as a fully divine being.
The struggles within the Roman Empire over these issues were intense and bloody, involving a galaxy of intriguing characters, and precipitating backstairs conspiracies, court factions, riots and rebellions. The story culminates in a full scale civil war that tore the empire apart for decades.
Philip Jenkins is Edwin Erie Sparks Professor of the Humanities in History and Religious Studies at Penn State University and the Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. He is the author of over twenty-two books including The Next Christendom and The New Faces of Christianity.
Jenkins ... has done a remarkable job of documenting this little-understood slice of history. Theres lots of excitement and plenty of intrigue, and Jenkins does a fine job in his recitation of this strange story.
- Publishers Weekly