This book volume 1 is to a billion souls of Christianity who want to be much closer to Jesus. A secret was lost to the Church after the 4th century. This loss has had ramifications for our world history since then. The present stress in our life and world is the direct result. See Vol. 2,3,4 You will likely be astonished when you know this secret. Nothing could ever affect your life more. From marriages, to parenting, to business, to mental health, to world peace, this secret when known will also better your life when you apply it. You probably have wondered why the first few centuries of Christianity astonished the world but have never been duplicated since. Jesus is the same. The Church is not the same. The fault is not Jesus. Therefore, the error must be in the Church. It does not take a detective sleuth to figure it out. The truth has been in the Holy Scripture all along. It has just been missed and ignored. Pride entered, then the secret was lost, and the disaster of 15 centuries is evident. Do you want your life to become better? This is as easy as saying it. Get ready for a change in your life. This secret will bring you and Jesus so much closer. Richard Pyle is married with family and lives in USA. His Degrees are BS 1967, BSL 1973, MS 1982. He is an author of a number of books which are available in both paperback and e readers. Type Richard Pyle on the search line of bookseller's websites.
Athenagoras (c. 133 - c. 190 AD) was a Father of the Church, an Ante-Nicene Christian apologist who lived during the second half of the 2nd century of whom little is known for certain, besides that he was Athenian (though possibly not originally from Athens), a philosopher, and a convert to Christianity. In his writings he styles himself as "Athenagoras, the Athenian, Philosopher, and Christian". There is some evidence that he was a Platonist before his conversion, but this is not certain.Although his work appears to have been well-known and influential, mention of him by other early Christian apologists, notably in the extensive writings of Eusebius, is strangely absent. It may be that his treatises, circulating anonymously, were for a time considered as the work of another apologist, or there may have been other circumstances now lost. There are only two mentions of him in early Christian literature: several accredited quotations from his Apology in a fragment of Methodius of Olympus (died 312) and some untrustworthy biographical details in the fragments of the Christian History of Philip of Side (c. 425). Philip of Side claims that Athenagoras headed the Catechetical School of Alexandria (which is probably incorrect) and notes that Athenagoras converted to Christianity after initially familiarizing himself with the Scriptures in an attempt to controvert them.His writings bear witness to his erudition and culture, his power as a philosopher and rhetorician, his keen appreciation of the intellectual temper of his age, and his tact and delicacy in dealing with the powerful opponents of his religion. Thus his writings are credited by some later scholars as having had a more significant impact on their intended audience than the now better-known writings of his more polemical and religiously-grounded contemporaries.
This work provides a survey of the history of the earliest Christian church in the period up to the fall of Jerusalem. It concentrates on: the figure of Paul; judicious and critical use of information in the Book of Acts; Judaizing versions of Christianity; and the Johannine tradition. The approach steers a middle way between an over-simplified account which fails to warn students where scholarly opinion is divided, and an in-depth academic study which attempts to document and discuss every hypothesis. Wedderburn focuses on aspects of central importance: the changing shape of church life and developing Christianity in relation to the Roman Empire and to Judaism. This book seeks to draw together and make more readily accessible many new insights gained from an enormous range of recent scholarly studies in German and English, and places them in the context of a more general account.
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