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“Destroyer of the gods”: Interview

August 21, 2016

Part 1 of a multi-part text-interview b y Ben Witherington on my forthcoming book, Destroyer of the gods:  Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World, has appeared here.  Subsequent parts of a long interview over major points in the book will appear on his site in coming days.

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  1. “Thanks for this info, Sean. I hadn’t kept up with these developments myself!”

    My pleasure:-) Apparently your writings are in even greater demand that you’d realized (and deservedly so), which in the publish or parish world is a great position to be in!

    ~Sean Garrigan

  2. If I may make an appeal: Could you, Larry (an others writing about these issues), urge your publishers to make Ebook versions? The works would certainly be more accessible both to the pocket and the eyes.

    • Alex: You raise a big issue in publishing. Making a proper e-book is a further significant investment of time and money for publishers. They won’t likely do this except for books that are likely to generate sufficient sales to justify it. And very few books by scholars achieve this (including my own).

    • Hi Alex,

      Although Larry is correct when it comes to books meant primarily for an academic audience, you can nevertheless find a number of his books on Amazon for Kindle, including:

      The Earliest Christian Artifacts
      Lord Jesus Christ
      How on Earth Did Jesus Become a God?
      At the Origins of Christian Worship
      One God, One Lord
      Jesus Among Friends and Enemies
      Mark — from the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series
      God in New Testament Theology

      Given the demand for Larry’s books, I have a hunch that it won’t be long before Destroyer of the God’s makes its way into the Kindle category as well. You can also find a couple of his books available at, btw.


  3. It’s a truly fascinating and ironic phenomenon, i.e. that a man who showed perfect obedience and put others ahead of himself (who even washed the feet of his followers), whose message was to love your enemies, and who was executed as an accursed criminal by Roman authorities, would ultimately found a movement that would later conquer Rome, wipe out its deities, and continue to dramatically influence lives forever! Contrast that with the approach of the self-promoting megalomaniacal Roman rulers, who’s message was ‘bend to my will or be crushed’, who destroyed and enslaved their enemies, and whose influence today rarely makes it past the history professor’s door. Class is over, memory of Caesar fades in the student’s mind, but on his/her way home he/she passes no less than three Christian churches.

    I’m looking forward to your book!

    ~Sean Garrigan

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