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Number of Pages: 384
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
Traditionalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and other cultural developments in the United States wonder why they are being forced to bracket their beliefs in order to participate in public life. This situation is not new, says Steven D. Smith: Christians two thousand years ago faced very similar challenges.
Picking up poet T. S. Eliots World War IIera thesis that the future of the West would be determined by a contest between Christianity and "modern paganism," Smith argues in this book that todays culture wars can be seen as a reprise of the basic antagonism that pitted pagans against Christians in the Roman Empire. Smiths Pagans and Christians in the City looks at that historical conflict and explores how the same competing ideas continue to clash today. All of us, Smith shows, have much to learn by observing how patterns from ancient history are reemerging in todays most controversial issues.