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  1. says:

    This book was disappointing in the attitude of the author His research was good and his point well made but he had such a condescending view to the ancients that it made the work distasteful He went out of the way

  2. says:

    I had two major problems with this book First I had trouble grasping the main argument I felt like I was getting parts here and there but the overall greater picture eluded me I wasn’t fully sure what was going on Second maybe I shouldn’t

  3. says:

    This was a great history of the late Romanearly Christian time period It wasn’t uite what I thought I was getting but it was still very interesting and written in an easy to read style I thought I was going to get about the pagan religions of the time Instead I learned that the whole idea of being pagan as opposed to being Christian was a creation of the Christians once they found themselves in the position to be able to form

  4. says:

    This is exactly the way popular non fiction ought to be erudite insightful but not assuming background knowledge of the reader I learned valuable things I enjoyed reading it and it made me think about some things I thought I knew Excellent book all roundIf you're interested in the end of the Roman Empire and the

  5. says:

    “Pagans” is an amazing book presenting history and culture while at the same time opening the reader’s senses to a world that can’t be examined through the today’s lenses Jumping back in time 1500 2000 years can be confusing if not viewed through the mindset of those alive at that time While the autho

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    Ancient pagans and modern secularists have a few things in common with each other that they do not share with our strongly monotheistic brothers and sisters We are foxes We care about many things not just one big thing We live in a universe that is a mediocre mixed bag of good and evil without an overarching plan Monotheists are creatures of a Supreme being For modern secularists we are the playthings of natural forces and for the ancient p

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    I enjoyed reading this book and found it thought provoking but I can't uite muster that final star It took a while to figure out where O'Donnell was going I decided to read Pagans because of the book summary that talked about how this was a history of the rise of Christianity as told from the viewpoints of the non Christians whose religions were destroyed by it That's not entirely off base but having read the book I'd say O'Don

  8. says:

    Not going to finish this one Not a cohesive relating of history and full of snark

  9. says:

    Read with GR group Nonfiction Book ClubI should have known that I would likely not like this book The publisher Harper Collins is not Shambala Books for example But since the group I read with would give me extra points for a reading challeng

  10. says:

    I suppose the argument of the redoubtable James J O'Donnell in this book ought to surprise no one in this day and

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Pagans AUTHOR James J. ODonnell

Ned this new cult while others denied its power erroneously believing it was little than a passing fadIn Pagans O’Donnell brings to life various pagan rites and essential features of Roman religion and life offers fresh portraits of iconic historical figures including Constantine Julian and Augustine and explores important themes Rome versus the east civilization versus barbarism plurality versus unity rich versus poor and tradition versus innovation in this startling accou. Not going to finish this one Not a cohesive relating of history and full of snark

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A provocative and contrarian religious history that charts the rise of Christianity from the point of view of traditional religion from the religious scholar and critically acclaimed author of AugustinePagans explores the rise of Christianity from a surprising and uniue viewpoint that of the people who witnessed their ways of life destroyed by what seemed then a powerful religious cult These “pagans” were actually pious Greeks Romans Syrians and Gauls who observed the tra. This book was disappointing in the attitude of the author His research was good and his point well made but he had such a condescending view to the ancients that it made the work distasteful He went out of the way to say that there gods did not exist and even uestioned whether they really believed in them This level of disdain was unwarranted He did not make the same statements about Christians even though there is no actual proof of their god s existence It was disappointing

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Ditions of their ancestors To these devout polytheists Christians who worshipped only one deity were immoral atheists who believed that a splash of water on the deathbed could erase a lifetime of sinReligious scholar James J O’Donnell takes us on a lively tour of the Ancient Roman world through the fourth century CE when Romans of every nationality social class and religious preference found their world suddenly constrained by rulers who preferred a strange new god Some joi. This is exactly the way popular non fiction ought to be erudite insightful but not assuming background knowledge of the reader I learned valuable things I enjoyed reading it and it made me think about some things I thought I knew Excellent book all roundIf you re interested in the end of the Roman Empire and the beginning of the Middle Ages if you re interested in religion at all especially if you re interested in building religions for fantasy worlds do read this


About the Author: James J. ODonnell

James Joseph O'Donnell is a classical scholar and University Librarian at Arizona State University He formerly served as University Professor at Georgetown University 2012 2015 and as Provost of Georgetown University from 2002–2012 O'Donnell previously served as Vice Provost for Information Systems and Computing at the University of Pennsylvania 1996–2002 He is a former President of the Ame