New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984. First Edition. First Printing. Hardcover. Used - Very Good. Maroon cloth boards with gilt lettering to spine. Binding tight and square. Clean unmarked copy. With notes, bibliography and index. 16 x 24 cm. 183pp / Good/ Very Good. Lightly scuffed at corners but otherwise well preserved. Item #11168
How did the early Christian church manage to win its dominant place in the Roman world? In his newest book, an eminent historian of ancient Rome examines this question from a secular—rather than an ecclesiastical—viewpoint. MacMullen’s provocative conclusion is that mass conversions to Christianity were based more on the appeal of miracle or the opportunity for worldly advantages than simply on a “rising tide of Christian piety.”.