jesus wars review

Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres – remembering a silent rebellion The author’s searing memoir of growing up in a violent, fundamentalist household shows how defiance is sometimes a … I've been reading a lot of books recently about the Bible and the early Church. Jenkins discusses the Christological debates leading up to the Chalcedon Creed and beyond; the book centers around the fifth century. I skimmed forward and found that various battles, massacres, and historical personages do get page time, but it seems the book skips around in time a good deal and gets far more detailed in some areas than others. The general medieval belief was that “earthly error had cosmic implications.” (p. 127) Thus, a government that tolerated sin and heresy would be punished by God with natural catastrophes, plagues, and defeat in war. She became leader … of an extravagant cult devoted to Mary, and together with her following of virgins and holy women, she played a visible role in the public liturgies.” (p. 117-118). Early Christian history makes the news every now and then, often when a book (like The Da Vinci Code) tells of conspiracy theories and a real Jesus much different then the biblical one. Instead, the Christian church was theologically and administratively divided into several international churches, each claiming absolute truth. It was Reimarus, writing in the 18th century, who basically invented the modern Jesus wars, by postulating a gulf between the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith. This book is an eye-opener for Christians who are engaged in church conflict over theological issues. Philip Jenkins, a noted scholar of historical and religious studies and professor at Penn State University, examines the political conflicts … The Problem The formative years of Christianity, when malicious political maneuvering, murder, mob incitement, mayhem, martyrdom, and armies of militant monks split the church, and emperors and empresses helped determine the beliefs we take for granted today. In the plethora of current works on non-orthodox early movements from the likes of excellent scholars such Bart Ehrman and Elaine Pagel (plus the absurd novels of Dan Brown and his imitators, which I shutter to mention in the same sentence), there has been precious little recent consideration of the establishment of Christian orthodoxy from a historical perspective. In addition, Alexandria and Antioch were no more theologically united after First Ephesus than before. Given his Christian faith (according to Wikipedia he converted to Episcopalianism from Catholicism), it isn’t surprising that he dismisses doubts that Jesus is God, that such a view is the harbor for cynics. Jesus Wars is one such book. It is a jumble. It is ecclesiastical history written in the way that a modern journalist would report the inside workings of a hard-fought political campaign. Take one Muslim advocate for global jihad and put him in a room with one conservative Christian on a mission to evangelize the world's Muslims. This book talks about what happened after Constintine made Chritianity a legal religion within the Roman Empire and how it developed during the next 300 or 400 years. The author describes the Chalcedonian Council as it it were a particularly raucous Party Convention. For the union … of two natures has been accomplished.” (p. 160), Pope Leo of Rome, through the skilled Tome, provided overwhelming arguments for the two natures of Christ. In the plethora of current works on non-orthodox early movements from the likes of excellent scholars such Bart Ehrman and Elaine Pagel (plus the absurd novels of Dan Brown and his imitators, which I shutter to mention in the same sentence), there has been precious little recent consideration of the establishment of Christian orthodoxy from a historical perspective. We shall be killed. I had seen a review of this book, and duly checked it out of the library; who knew that Church controversies of the 5th century could be so interesting, and so much fun to read? Jesus Wars is a fascinating tour-de-force of historical writing. Ironically, only one pope was able to exert much influence on the debate, Leo the Great, and even he was kept on the sideline at the infamous Council of Gangsters of 449 in Ephesus. Nestorius is deemed to have written: “when I found and read this account, I gave thanks to God that the Church of Rome was confessing correctly and without fault, although they were otherwise disposed towards me myself.” While Nestorianism continued to be seen as a heresy, “most of what Nestorius actually viewed now stood an excellent chance of being publicly reaffirmed.” (p. 187). This is a fantastic, thorough, and fairly neutral historical run through the 3rd-6th centuries of the Christian church. Jenkins does not himself press this perspective but seems to kindly welcome it enough that one may surmise this as his own perspective. Readers can easily see that Jenkins wrote this book for television. But mostly it is about the battles within the Church about what people were supposed to believe. Was he God? This is a nice back door way to get some basic theology while ostensibly reading history. At the same time he clarifies the subject of Christology, he presents these dusty ideas and arguments with the passion and fascination that they held for the early Christians of Alexandria and Antioch. What we will see in that mirror is ourselves: our innermost thoughts and feelings about those who hold opposing views, our approach to dealing with divisive issues, our prudence in examining and resolving divergent views on what is the Biblical truth, and altogether our dearest beliefs as reflected in our practice. Dr. Jenkins includes maps at the beginning and several appendices that list the dramatis personae, briefly explain the outcomes of the several councils, and defin. Jenkins reviews in great detail the history of Christian doctrinal infighting from the first century through the middle-ages, and even currently. Jenkins has a very folksy way of going about describing the machinations of the 4-6th centuries, honing in of the religious controversy between mono- and dyophysitism within Christianity, and the political climate during those centuries. The book is narrowed in on the years that follow Constantine's conversion of Christianity in to the wider empire and Roman successors as an attempt to display a piece of history that challenges popular notions concerning our creedal theology and Christ. Why would you describe the debate over the natures of Christ as a war? This is a succinct but powerful point that sheds light on modern events. Wow! This is a good book. Refresh and try again. I like thinking about it. DOI: 10.5860/CHOICE.48 … Graduates of the school in Syria became influential figures in Constantinople, but were regarded with suspicion by the Alexandrians due to their Antiochene roots. Jenkins shows us why loyalty to, say, Monophysite ideas could inspire violence, treason and martyrdom. Into that breach steps Philip Jenkins with his interesting and readable //Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians would Believe for 1,500 Years//. In 449 AD Theodosius II summoned The Second Council of Ephesus, which was presided by Dioscuros of Alexandria. The One Nature advocates were primarily the patriarchs of Alexandria and the Two Nature supporters were patriarchs from Antioch. It is boring. It is clearly not introductory level, but for anyone who has at least a small understanding of the councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon, this is an excellent source to read a fairly thorough history all in one volume. Christ is God! Jesus Wars is one such book. It took a while because life got in the way, but.....here we go. I Am Jesus Christ Summary : In I am Jesus Christ, become the Son of God -- perform famous miracles like Him from Bible like casting demons, healing and feeding people, resurrection. Due to his views of Christ, he rejected Mary’s title as Theotokos (God-Bearer – which implied the divine nature of Christ), in favor of Chisto-tokos (Christ-Bearer). As someone looking for more history than philosophy, this didn't work for me. I am absolutely fascinated with the Roman Empire. It is both over-simplified and under-simplified. Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2018. The Council ignored Pope Leo’s Tome, reaffirmed the decisions of the First Council of Ephesus and the Monophyiste views on Christ’s nature, and ended with the assassination of Flavian (the archbishop of Constantinople) by Monophysite monks. Many educated Westerners have a vague memory that there were councils that produced creeds and definitions and edicts, but most have little understanding of the processes, personalities, and agendas that so greatly shaped Christianity and therefore much of the world's culture. The Christological aspect has practical implications as a devotional work for those who approach the book from the perspective of a practicing Christian - again such as myself. It seems that one faction's heresies are another faction's orthodoxies. Jesus was born into a time where the Roman Empire was the most … After establishing the Trinity as a core belief of Christianity in the 4th century, the next all-consuming argument concerned the identity of Jesus, the main contours being: was he both human and divine, as proclaimed at the councils of Nicaea and Chalcedon, or did he only have one divine nature? Imperial forces were present to forestall violence. Calvin, in contrast, was much more Antiochene in insisting on the reality of both natures, human as well as divine.” (p. 272), Since the sixteenth century, the idea of kenosis (God deliberately relinquishing divine attributes in incarnation), which implied that one of the Persons of the Trinity suffered, has been at the forefront of theology. Earlier suggestions of this sort were generally regarded with suspicion, given the deeply-rooted and long-held belief that God is impassible (cannot suffer). Jenkins is always profound in rewriting history. In Antioch, where historical context informed the interpretation of Scripture, theologians favored a Two Natures Christ. This is a fantastic, thorough, and fairly neutral historical run through the 3rd-6th centuries of the Christian church. Finally, there is a great nugget on the development of Islam for those who are patient enough to read through to the end. It reads like a story, but not like a novel. (For those not wishing to read further, I loved the book, although it’s hard to keep track who is what at a few points without a scorecard.). Some formal unity was achieved in 433, after two years of reconciliatory negotiations. While the subject matter may seem to be a rebuff to religion in general pointing to violence engendered by debates over transcendent subjects, the distillation actually produces a potent brew of providential governance for those who view the subject through faith filled eyes. I wish I could take half a star: first, the author only balks about the violence and tyranny involved in the Christological debates, not at the idolatry and superstition already constituting a kind of Christopaganism usually associated with latter Dark Age; second, he ends up commemorating Chalcedon without telling us if its (kinda) triumph was better than the alternatives, and why. What does it really mea. For several hundred years, especially in the 400s and following centuries, the whole world revolved around literal and figurative wars over who Jesus was. Antioch, Alexandria, and Rome were the “bounding triangle” of early Christianity; Constantinople, on the other hand, was a Christian community without a pagan past. Focusing on the seven critical ecumenical councils of the Church, the events leading up to & surrounding each of them, and the key persons involved in forging this history (and its evolving theologies). We’d love your help. I wish there was some way I could know. He was educated at Clare College, in the University of Cambridge, where he took a prestigious “Double First” degree—that is, Double First Class Honors. He also has a sense of humor that peeps out on occasion "In any theological struggle, the first thousand years are always the bitterest.". Recent polls show younger evangelicals leaning to the left of their parents and grandparents, politically at least. I can't praise Philip Jenkins enough! Any study of the history of Christianity will lead one to realize just what a human-constructed faith it is, and how detrimental it has been to the development. Of course a quick glance at the appendix reveals a larger list of characters who are inevitably enveloped in this historical narrative (and one should reserve the need to access this appendix often if they are to make their way through to the end of this somewhat disorganized material). This post is inspired by a book I read about early Christian history. Jesus Wars is a must for the bookshelf of those who enjoy the work of Jared Diamond, Karen Armstrong, … Since 1980, he has taught at Penn State University, and currently holds the rank of Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of the Humanities. This eye-opening read that would have horrified Jesus might serve, if we let it, as a warning about the deadliness (and the soul deadening effects) of our very human attraction to the fun and righteous sport of intolerance. Director: J.J. Abrams Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Keri Russell, Mark Hamill, Naomi Ackie, Lupita Nyong'o, Billy Dee Williams, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid Running Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes I am glad I did, because I now have a single volume popular history on the late antique church councils and the politics that surrounded them that I can pass on to others as a good book. Volume 48, Issue 2. This book details how the political maneuverings in the 5th century affected what is officially thought and taught about Jesus. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. For as long as the Christian church functioned in Egypt, Syria, and Constantinople, unity was never achieved. Gives an "insider look" at the issues and personalities involved, at the forces that shaped and determined the outcome, that gav. In 1978, he obtained his doctorate in history, also from Cambridge. The church depended financially on the state, and the large sums received, through which they could provide social services (and thus buy the loyalty of the Christians), had not a small impact on the shaping of Christian beliefs. Probably because that's where my ancestors lived – my family comes from all over Italy, some were Italian Jews, most were Italian natives, and I always wonder who we were. What does it really mean if Christ was only divine and not human? Nestorius, trained at Antioch, upheld the two natures of Christ (human and divine), which he believed existed in a conjunction (as opposed to a complete union). The rivalry between Pulcheria and Nestorius benefitted Cyril of Alexandria, who fiercely defended the Monophysite view that Christ had only one nature—divine. Jenkins has a very folksy way of going about describing the machinations of the 4-6th centuries, honing in of the religious controversy between mono- and dyophysitism within Christianity, and the political climate during those centuries. Focusing on the seven critical ecumenical councils of the Church, the events leading up to & surrounding each of them, and the key persons involved in forging this history (and its evolving theologies). Church fathers, endured great hardship in producing. John Philip Jenkins was born in Wales in 1952. by HarperOne. Compared to the Old Testament, the Koran is almost a hippy-dippy text.) “In any theological struggle, the first thousand years are always the bitterest.”, “Ironically, the same church gathering that had denounced Paul of Samosata back in 268 had explicitly condemned the term homoousios, which that earlier council had regarded as one of Paul’s heretical innovations. He does so by acknowledging the Christian struggles of the first threee centuries (when the question was whether Jesus was divine), and some of the consequences of those centuries (too briefly mentioning the relation between non-orthodox Christians and Islam in. But the attention is clear. Cyril continued to read the Bible allegorically, and insisted on drawing symbolic connections between random passages (for example, he preached the ark of the covenant explained incarnation: “’God the Word was united to the holy Flesh…. There were numerous nuances of each position that had their supporters, but this was the main general issue. (2010). This is a good book. A chronicle of the main influences and events leading up to the major church conflicts during the fifth century, and a narration of the aftermath of these councils and divisive theological formulations, Jesus Wars walks the reader through these times as if she or he was a contemporary eyewitness. It seems that one faction's heresies are another faction's orthodoxies. Eastern and Western churches excommunicated each other and forbid shared communion. The Egyptians manifested a strong tendency to dismiss anything that Two Natures theologians preached, and if a stereotype was attached to a name, nothing that person preached was perceived as good or theologically correct. This eye-opening read that would have horrified Jesus might serve, if we let it, as a warning about the deadliness (and the soul deadening effects) of our very human attraction to the fun and righteous sport of intolerance. While it is good to learn about the post-First Council of Nicea history of the Catholic Church (back when “Catholic” meant basically everybody who was Christian), with all its colorful clerics, Emperors, Princesses and barbarians who affected the development of same, as well as the various Christian Heresies which read like hair-splitting on the sub-atomic level, I guess I was looking for more of a philosophical exploration of the ramifications of the Heresies themselves. I learned a ton about Christology from this book - that is the study of the nature of Christ for all you non-theologians like myself. Dr. Jenkins includes maps at the beginning and several appendices that list the dramatis personae, briefly explain the outcomes of the several councils, and define the beliefs of various groups, but a more visual representation of the timeline would have been helpful, too. Nestorius himself was not allowed to attend the council, and was informed of the Council’s decision “by a letter amicably addressed to ‘the new Judas.’” (p. 155) Sent to a monastery in Antioch, Nestorius was shortly after exiled in Egypt until his death. The winning and so called orthodox doctrines adopted by the church (or, at least the western half of the church), according to Jenkins, are more about the political power and influence of the professors of those doctrines than about the possible spiritual insights and revelations that such professors may or may not have received. The author of Jesus Wars, Peter Jenkins, who is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University, … In order to affect a much sought-for authority, the church in Alexandria relied on their ancestry, allegedly going back to St. Mark. Who knew that the process looked more like a poorly run political convention? I skimmed forward and found that vari. Who was Jesus? The title is self explanatory: Jenkin's is looking to show how 9 people (Patriarchs, Queens and Emperors) decided what sort of Christian doctrine would win out in the end as the world moved towards our current age. I admit that I was extremely skeptical when I first saw it, assuming it to be some sort of modern nonsense on how Constantine created Christianity or something like that. But in a world where it was sincerely believed that believing the, I had seen a review of this book, and duly checked it out of the library; who knew that Church controversies of the 5th century could be so interesting, and so much fun to read? STAR WARS VIII: THE LAST JEDI opens with the totalitarian First Order’s starships attacking the Resistance rebel base. by Philip Jenkins. It is quite fitting that Rogue One was released so close to Christmas as the parallels between the Christmas Story and the Star Wars story seem so similar — minus the violence of course. However, when I saw that the Philip Jenkins is indeed an academic historian with serious credentials, I decided to give the book a read. This stuff is worth reading and thinking about. This belief in the impassibility of God (God’s inability to suffer, or experience emotions) is no longer accepted by most Christians today, and thus what was once considered a heresy, “has, in fact, become the new orthodoxy.” (p. 274) The tables have turned more than once in the history of Christian thought, and the twenty first century is yet another major turn: “In the ancient world, the greatest difficulty lay in persuading ordinary believers that Christ might be anything than purely divine. ... It’s been ten years since the last Star Wars movie ... Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a … He is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion. Jesus Wars: How Four Patriarchs, Three Queens, and Two Emperors Decided What Christians Would Believe for the Next 1,500 Years By Philip Jenkins Hardcover, 352 pages HarperOne Ultimately, the book calls for a hard look at what unity can mean, at what cost it may be achieved, and for which purposes it is fought for. Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now. 0 57. What an accomplishment! If the victorious Emperor or Queen happened to like your Christology, then you got more support and votes at the council. It is a bit typical of modern (Western) Christians to narrow in on the Council of Nicea while missing the grander picture. But he is very clear-eyed and honest about the darker side of church history. The real history is fascinating. He does so by acknowledging the Christian struggles of the first threee centuries (when the question was whether Jesus was divine), and some of the consequences of those centuries (too briefly mentioning the relation between non-orthodox Christians and Islam in my opinion), yet staying focused on the time and politics in question. The term ‘Jesus Wars’ … Jenkins concludes in his last chapter that aspiring for theological purity cannot justify such monstrous atrocities. Pulcheria had a mystical fascination with the Virgin Mary. I read a lot about Christian history and what most strikes me how hard it was to go from the Jewish cult of Jesus - which sort of made sense in its apocalyptic message, to the post-Jewish cult religion that took shape among the non-Jews. Yet this Christology, which I take for granted, came at the cost of many lives and centuries of debate, schism and reconciliation. I have little respect for Christianity (or any other religion, but Christianity is the one that most affects my culture so I feel more entitled to speak to it). The story of Jesus Christ's crucifixion and its aftermath are the subject of this sometimes iconoclastic but always passionate religious drama. Jesus of Nazareth lays the best of foundations with its leisurely opening act, which takes its time establishing the cultural situation into which Jesus was born, along with various perspectives of who or what the Messiah would be. The Church of Rome would be the one to carry Christianity further, and the debates with Alexandria and the East ceased by default. The One Nature crowd, using violent gangs and forceful intimidation at this council, thought they were triumphant. The struggle over this controversy contributed to the downfall of the eastern empire (the western empire had already dissolved by 476) as it helped, along with constant barbarian invasions, exhaust the empire’s resources and energy to defend against the Islamic attack in the 7th century. Choice. Ephesus and Chalcedon were the result of a decades-long war between these two major centers of Christianity. Distinctions that boggle the mind. The last major council of the fifth Century, Chalcedon, took place in 451 and was attended by some five hundred bishops. After reviewing the major heresies of early Christianity, Jenkins lays out the theological issues that marked the fifth century: Antioch and Alexandria are in conflict over the nature of Christ. Those who read it with only skepticism will miss his ending in which he understands that God works through our messy history. Be the first to ask a question about Jesus Wars. (Interestingly, he points out that there are far more references in the Old Testament to justified killing and even genocide than exhortation to violence in the Koran. How did Christians go about constructing what is today regarded as orthodoxy? Posted on 06/13/2010 by rhapsodyinbooks. It's all quite complicated and bloody, filled with armies of monks marauding across Europe and the Middle East, and all over philosophical differences so slight I can hardly keep them straight. This is a nice back door way to get some basic theology while ostensibly reading history. The Monophysites regained power in the sixth century, with One Nature bishops ruling in Constantinople and even Antioch, where this view had been long opposed! If one thinks about how the Church decided what was normative in belief at all, one imagines conferences with debate teams, with everyone working out their differences amicably. He tells us about the personalities involved and how their interactions advanced this idea or that faction. By mid-sixth century, the Justinian dynasty reinforced the Chalcedon formulations, and regularly persecuted and discriminated against the Monophysites, who eventually reorganized and seceded from the Church. In Jesus Wars, he takes one of the most complex, abstruse questions in the history of the Western World and make it clear enough for the average joe in the fifth pew to understand. It is ecclesiastical history written in the way that a modern journalist would report the inside workings of a hard-fought political campaign. By Islam Religion Guardian On May 12, 2020. Originally published in Themelios Volume 36, Issue 1, May 2011. Theodosius I declared Christianity the official religion of the empire, and enforced religious conformity. 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