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Dominion How the Christian Revolution Remade the WorldMeToo Dominion tells the story of how Christianity transformed the modern worldA marvelous Economist account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imaginationCrucifixion 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 C. Tom Holland is an English historian who has also written Rubicon The Last Years of the Roman Republic Persian Fire The First World Empire and the Battle for the West Millennium The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom In the Shadow of the Sword The Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World Dynasty The Rise and Fall of the House of CaesarIn other words this book was written by a historian not by a religious scholar I provide this information only to give relevant context not by way of judgment Also in England this book was titled Dominion The Making of the Western Mind which is significantly different from the US titleWHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE SHORT VERSION “This book explores what it was that made Christianity so subversive and disruptive; how completely it came to saturate the mindset of Latin Christendom; and why in a West that is often doubtful of religion’s claims so many of its instincts remain—for good and ill—thoroughly ChristianWHAT THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE LONG VERSION “How was it that a cult inspired by the execution of an obscure criminal in a long vanished empire came to exercise such a transformative and enduring influence on the world” I have long wondered that very thing “To attempt an answer to this uestion is not to write a history of Christianity Rather than provide a panoramic survey of its evolution I have sought instead to trace the currents of Christian influence that have spread most widely and been most enduring into the present day My ambition is to explore how we in the West came to be what we are and to think the way that we do Today at a time of seismic geopolitical realignment when our values are proving to be not nearly as universal as some of us had assumed them to be the need to recognize just how culturally contingent they are is pressing than ever To live in a Western country is to live in a society still utterly saturated by Christian concepts and assumptions This is no less true for Jews or Muslims than it is for Catholics or Protestants Two thousand years on from the birth of Christ it does not reuire a belief that he rose from the dead to be stamped by the formidable—indeed the inescapable—influence of Christianity”For me one of the presumed benefits of this book was to be confronted by my own assumptions so that I could rethink them But the book is laid out along a historical timeline rather than topically There is no list of current Western beliefs and how we came to hold them whether we identify as Christian or not Instead the evolution of our current beliefs is woven throughoutThere is enlightening context to early Christianity and the New Testament that I think many will find particularly interestingClearly well written and well researched but perhaps a bit tedious for a popular audience A door stopping 500 pagesBOTTOM LINE Intelligent read but a bit dry

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Tom Holland's Dominion is not a book written by a Christian apologist In the early chapters he repeatedly makes assumptions that any unbelieving academic would make about the bible Starting with the Old Testament he repeats typical source criticism theories on the Old Testament and throughout the book assumes some of Paul's letters were not original to himNote I would encourage anyone that wants to hear the academic case for the historicity of scripture and the New Testament in particular to read NT Wright's Christian Origins series especially the New Testament and the People of God and Jesus and the Victory of God Tom Holland if you are reading this I would recommend you read those as well Further at times I find his criticism of the actions and behaviors of various Christians and the church as a whole to be overly focused on the negative at timesBut in some ways it is his lack of Christian piety and apologetic leanings that makes this book so convincing It is an outsider noticing something that I have been trying to convince insiders of Christianity has done wonderful things for the worldThe way he tells the story is to take the world of the first century and to show how slowly but surely over the centuries Christian reflections debates and reformations shaped the thoughts of a whole society Many of the things that we just call 'progress' Holland makes clear were not progress but Christian convictions made into culture norms and lawsAmong the many things that Christianity changed according to Holland were The concept that being weak and lowly did not make you less of a person in fact maybe made you of a person than being rich and powerful The formation of universal human rights The ending of slavery The concept of caring for the poor as a primary responsibility of those in power Ending widespread infanticide Ending human sacrifice Building the first universities Seeing the world as one that progresses rather than being in unending cyclesAnd many many other aspects of humanity that seem 'self evident' to us were not actually self evident at all but simply Christian assumptions that almost everyone now holdsOne of the very interesting observations from Holland is that even many of the people that view themselves as 'secular' or even 'anti Christian' hold deeply Christian assumptions about the ways that society should be structured and the things that society should care about Consider this uote from Holland as he discusses modern liberal views on race and sexuality writesThat every human being possessed an eual dignity was not remotely self evident a truth A Roman would have laughed at it To campaign against discrimination on the grounds of gender or sexuality however was to depend on large numbers of people sharing in a common assumption that everyone possessed an inherent worth The origins of this principle as Nietzsche had so contemptuously pointed out lay not in the French Revolution nor in the Declaration of Independence nor in the Enlightenment but in the BibleThe fact that such ideas are 'self evident' testify to how thoroughly Christianity has changed the way that Western Society thinksBefore I close I should repeat my warning at the beginning If you are a Christian do not read this book to get an apologetic work defending your faith Holland's work is at times biting in its criticism of Christian origins and Christian behaviors through the centuries But the discerning reader can learn something very good and very important from this workThe thing I kept thinking as I read this book was how dangerous it is that people want to undermine and remove the Spiritual foundation that our society was built on As we look back over the past 150 years and we see the terrors inflicted by anti Christian philosophies such as National Socialism and Communism this should be seen as a window into what could happen if Christianity were to fade from the world's scene It shows how the law of Christ one that Holland uoting Paul in Galatians 514 states is to love your neighbor has acted over and over to protect the poor the weak and the minority And it shows how if that law were to be revoked what unspeakable losses would come to humanityAs I have written in the past I do not think that Christianity is fading from the world's scene Not globally Not in the USA And based on the thrust of this book even non Christians should be thankful for that and pray that it never does

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Summary ↠ Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World 100 Ý [Read] ➵ Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World Author Join or create book clubs – Danpashley.co.uk A marvelousEconomist account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imaginationCrucifixion the RoHristianity transformed the modern worldA marvelous Economist account of how the Christian Revolution forged the Western imaginationCrucifixion 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. This is a complex book the author attempts to cover a lot of ground in one book and in general succeeds He delves into topics that are an unexpected pleasure or at least of academic interest to the reader that I have not seen elsewhere In many places he avoids coming to a direct conclusion leaving it to the reader to make up their own mind While some may consider this a cheap trick to avoid controversy I can appreciate his desire as an academic to present both sides and let the informed reader make their own conclusionThis is not a devotional book nor does it shy away from Christianity's blemishes Yet at the same time one is left with the awesome realization of the good that it has brought into this world which only happened because of God's willingness to humiliate Himself on the Cross The story of how the humble and meek conuered the strong