Early controversies and the growth of Christianity.
Kaatz, Kevin W.
Kaatz (history, California State U.-Hayward) describes some of the interpretations of Christianity different from, and so opposed to, the views of Paul, which were codified into official doctrine when the religion became a wing of the empire in the fourth century. Writing as a historian rather than a theologian, he covers Paul and the early Christians, the early defenders of the faith, Marcion: a new interpretation, the Manicheans, the Christianizing of the empire, Arianism, and the power of the bishops. (©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)
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