Early Christianity and Today

Rocks

I’ve been reading a book by Rodney Stark called “The Rise of Christianity.”  Stark is a sociologist by training, so he approaches the subject from this perspective.  He traces the rise of Christianity during the first few centuries AD. There are a number of points he makes that are thought-provoking for our present context.  Stark notes that the Roman culture …

Review of Zealot – Fourth Installment

Zealot

This is the fourth installment of my review of Zealot, by Reza Aslan.  You can find the previous installments here: http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-first-installment/ http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-second-installment/ http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-third-installment/   I’ve already covered Parts I and II of Aslan’s book, so this installment begins with Aslan’s prologue to Part III. Most of his prologue is centered around the martyrdom of the disciple Stephen, mentioned in Acts 6 …

Review of Zealot – Third Installment

Zealot

This is the third installment of my review of Zealot, by Reza Aslan.  You can find the first and second installments here: http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-first-installment/ http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-second-installment/   The second installment covered Part I of the book, and this installment begins with Aslan’s prologue to Part II. In his prologue to Part II, Aslan tries to paint Jesus as a “zealot,” using the word …

Review of Zealot – Second Installment

Zealot

This is the second installment of my review of Zealot, by Reza Aslan.  You can find the first installment here:  http://lutheranchronicles.com/review-of-zealot-first-installment/ I previously covered the general premise of the book as well as the Author’s Note and Introduction, so I’ll now begin again at the prologue to “Part I” of the book. Aslan’s prologue is focused on the role of …