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A Thoughtful Review of “Destroyer of the gods”

September 1, 2017

I’m pleased to note the thoughtful review of my book, Destroyer of the gods:  Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World (Baylor University Press, 2016) that just appeared in Marginalia (a Los Angeles Review of Books channel) here.

Actually, this review-essay addresses both Destroyer of the gods and my other (and smaller) 2016 book, Why on Earth did Anyone Become a Christian in the First Three Centuries? (Marquette University Press).  The reviewer, Jonathan Lookadoo, is himself a scholar in early Christianity of the same period as my books, and so his very positive endorsement of the books is very encouraging.

Along with the affirmations, he rightly notes that my two books don’t (and can’t) fully treat all the historical questions raised in them.  And he also poses for further thought some questions of his own.  It’s just the sort of engaged reading of a book that every author appreciates.  It’s also very nice to have the review in a publication directed to the wider general readership to which the two books are intended.

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