Tried by Fire: The Story of Christianity’s First Thousand by William J. Bennett

By William J. Bennett

Full of larger-than-life characters, gorgeous acts of bravery, and heart-rending sacrifice, Tried through fireplace narrates the increase and growth of Christianity from an imprecise nearby sect to the demonstrated religion of the world’s maximum empire with impression extending from India to eire, Scandinavia to Ethiopia, and all issues in among. William J. Bennett explores the riveting lives of saints and sinners, paupers and kings, retailers and clergymen who together—and opposed to all odds—changed the area without end. to inform their tale, Bennett follows them throughout the controversies and trials in their time. Challenged via reputable persecution, heresy, and schism, they held steadfast to the reality of Christ. reinforced through poets, preachers, and theologians, they complex in devotion and love. during this relocating and available narrative, Tried through Fire speaks throughout centuries to supply perception into the folks and occasions that formed the religion that maintains to form our lives today.

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He noted that a white marble sarcophagus had been found containing bone fragments that were carbon-dated to the first or second century AD. ” A slab of cracked marble with the Latin words for “Paul apostle martyr” was also found set in the floor above the tomb. 8 What motivated Paul to embrace suffering and death? Certainly being a Christian brought him no earthly rewards, like money, social acceptance, or a life of comfort. To answer the question, we look now at how the earliest iterations of Christianity contrasted with the paganism of the ancient world.

Now, in AD 67, Paul was in Rome, and his faith would again be tested. Nero’s persecution was raging. Although we have no contemporaneous written record of Paul’s last days or martyrdom, and there is still a healthy amount of scholarly debate on the topic, early church tradition claims that Paul was beheaded at Rome during the Neronian persecution. A letter by Clement of Rome, written in about AD 90, comments on Paul’s attitude in facing death: “After that he had been seven times in bonds, had been driven into exile, had been stoned, had preached in the East and in the West, he won the noble renown which was the reward of his faith .

Although Western civilization has, especially in the past century, drifted from its Christian roots on issues like the sanctity of life, the importance of work, the formation of the family, and the centrality of faith in public life, our culture is still more derivative of Christianity than of any other world religion. Even amid the rise of secularism, the average Western man or woman has a concern for the inherent dignity of the individual, the condition of the poor, and the right to religious expression.

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