Pagans & Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac
Pagans & Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac  -     By: Steven D. Smith
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* Two millennia ago, the Romans forced Christians to suppress their beliefs. Smith maintains today's faithful are in a similar situation. Referencing lectures by T.S. Eliot, he argues that contemporary culture wars can be viewed as a reprise of ancient history---and shows how a contest between Christianity and "modern paganism" could determine the future of the West. 384 pages, hardcover from Eerdmans.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Eerdmans
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802876315
ISBN-13: 9780802876317
Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion

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Traditionalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and other cultural developments in the US 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 in the Roman Empire faced similar challenges and questions.

Starting with T. S. Eliot’s claim that the future of the West would be determined by a contest between Christianity and "modern paganism," Smith argues in Pagans and Christians in the City that today’s culture wars can be seen as a contemporary reprise of the basic antagonism that pitted pagans against Christians in the late Roman Empire. He looks at that historical conflict and explores how the same competing orientations continue to clash today. Readers on both sides of the culture wars, Smith shows, have much to learn from seeing how patterns from ancient history are reemerging in today’s most controversial issues.

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Steven D. Smith is Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego and serves as codirector of the university's Institute for Law and Religion. His other books include The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom.

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