This book, which includes a new preface by the author, offers an engrossing portrayal of the early years of the Christian movement from the perspective of the Romans.
“A fascinating . . . account of early Christian thought. . . . Readable and exciting.”—Robert McAfee Brown, New York Times Book Review
“Should fascinate any reader with an interest in the history of human thought.”—Phoebe-Lou Adams, Atlantic Monthly
“The pioneering study in English of Roman impressions of Christians during the first four centuries A.D.”—E. Glenn Hinson, Christian Century
"This gracefully written study . . . draws upon well-known sources—both pagan and Christian—to provide the general reader with an illuminating account . . . [of how] Christianity appeared to the Romans before it became the established religion of the empire."—Merle Rubin, Christian Science Monitor
Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia. He is the author of numerous books, including The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God, published by Yale University Press.