Dominion: How The Christian Revolution Remade The World
ISBN: 0465093507
EAN13: 9780465093502
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 29, 2019
Pages: 624
Dimensions: 2" H x 9" L x 6" W
Weight: 2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover

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A marvelous (Economist) account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imagination
Crucifixion, the Romans believed, was the worst fate imaginable, a punishment reserved for slaves. How astonishing it was, then, that people should have come to believe that one particular victim of crucifixion-an obscure provincial by the name of Jesus-was to be worshipped as a god. Dominion explores the implications of this shocking conviction as they have reverberated throughout history. Today, the West remains utterly saturated by Christian assumptions. As Tom Holland demonstrates, our morals and ethics are not universal but are instead the fruits of a very distinctive civilization. Concepts such as secularism, liberalism, science, and homosexuality are deeply rooted in a Christian seedbed. From Babylon to the Beatles, Saint Michael to #MeToo, Dominion tells the story of how Christianity transformed the modern world.

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On each page the reader will stop and ponder, thinking I believe in a god or is it nonsense? Yet, how did it begin? If nothing is created something, then nothing is god, who can and did create all things. This Rubik cube turns round and round, century after century. What is most striking in man's belief that there is a God. Today, many in the West shrug off this as a myth. But anyone reading this man's history will exercise more humility before concluding that he or she is wiser than the vast, vast majority of people. How Jesus transformed the nature of power and history, based on power, will force every reader to think more deeply. Instead, he demands that each of us asks Life after Death ''.
   A sweeping survey of Christianity's influence on our society
This is a complex book, the author tries to cover a lot of ground in a book, and in general it succeeds. He delves into subjects that are an unexpected pleasure or at least academic interest to the reader, that I have not seen elsewhere. In many places, he avoids coming to a direct conclusion, leaving it up to the reader to make up their own mind. This is not a devotional book, nor does it shy away from the blemishes of Christianity. At the same time, one is left with the awesome realization of the good that it has brought into this world, which happened only because of God's willingness to humble himself on the cross. The story of how the strong and meek conquered the humble.
   Disappointed so far
So far, dissatisfied. I expected not what I was. I thought he was going to lay his case for his thesis that the West is saturated in Christianity. He hasn 't so far. The book is so far a discursive, somewhat shallow work that shows occasional flashes of insight, but is otherwise kind of dull. If it does not, I'll be mystified for this work over the accolades. Once I finish, I'll try to write a second review. If I finish the book, which looks at this point like a 50-50 proposition.
   A Revolution in My Understanding: The Evolution of Values
Though I was educated at an Episcopal boarding school, this conditioning did not catch. I no longer consider myself religious. For me, this book was a page-turner and one that invites repeat readings and referencing. I find Holland's historical perspective -- one that clarifies the roots of modern culture, not in metaphysical absolutes, but in the evolving history of values -- an informative, refreshing and liberating contribution to my understanding. A beautiful book, written with great care.