Birth Of A Worldview, A Review

1879 words - 8 pages

In Birth of a Worldview: Early Christianity in its Jewish and Pagan Context, Robert Doran attempts to analyze the development of Christianity in the early period of its formation and how it related to the Jewish and the pagan (Roman) religions throughout its development in early times. The text begins with a historical outline of the development of the early Christian world and then delves into a more theological analysis in the latter portions. The development of the book mirrors the development of Christianity itself, which was focused early on with finding ways to worship and expand the faith in a world that was very anti-Christian. Once it had become more accepted throughout the world, Christian writing and thought about theological matters flourished as a result.

The first chapter, Christians and the Roman World, examines the historical development of Christianity in its first few hundred years of existence. Before Constantine, Christians were heavily persecuted by the Roman empire and martyrdom was common. Non-Christian Romans saw the Christians as "bringing the displeasure and disfavor of the gods on their cities" (Doran 9.)

This persecution became very intense during the third century as Rome was frequently at war and its emperors sought to improve their favor with the gods by denouncing those who did not believe in their gods. The emperor Decius, who ruled from 248 until 251, forced Christians to offer animal sacrifices to the Roman gods for the well-being of the empire. While many of the wealthier Christians simply offered bribes in place of this sacrifice, many of the poorer ones had no choice.

In the year 313, Constantine then issued the Edict of Milan which resulted in state acceptance of the Christian faith. After Constantine's reign, the acceptance of Christianity by succeeding emperors in the latter part of the fourth century was mixed, but for the most part favored Christianity. Now that Christianity was favored, many Christians sought to suppress pagan religions. However, the Edict of Milan promoted acceptance of all religions and so pagan practices were tolerated throughout much of the fourth century, although this too was to change toward the latter part of the century, when in 392 emperor Theodosius issued a decree which banned many pagan activities. As a result of these elements, Christianity had seen drastic changes during a time span of approximately one hundred years.

The following chapter, Cosmos: The Quest for Order, looks at the development of cosmology as it related to Christianity during the religion's early years. The Christian ideas on cosmology were heavily influenced by Stoicism and Platonism, two of the leading philosophic traditions of the time period (34.) Both schools of thought followed the belief that the universe exhibited clear signs of order in its design which were clearly the work of a creator.

The Stoic contribution to Christian theology was primarily with the...

Find Another Essay On Birth of a Worldview, a Review

A personal christian worldview Essay

1044 words - 4 pages I believe that God created the universe. What exists now came into being by the intricate design of an infinitely artistic Creator. The Bible plainly tells us that "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1, KJV). In my mind, there is no room for controversy.Some, notably evolutionists, would claim that the universe is a product of accident. Many evolutionists claim that the universe resulted from a gigantic explosion

Griffith's Birth Of A Nation Essay

945 words - 4 pages Birth of a Nation The groundbreaking director, D.W. Griffith, made the first American feature length film. His film, Birth of a Nation, broke records and caused uproar of controversy. It was six times longer than the average film of that time, and introduced technical effects and the twelve-reel film paved a path for more directors to create the high quality of filmmaking shown in Griffith’s film. Birth of a Nation tells the story of two

Beowulf:The Birth Of A Hero

1313 words - 5 pages "Beowulf: The Birth of a Hero" Many think Beowulf's primary focus and theme is the battle of good and evil. After some analysis one may find that while this initial conflict is present and important, Beowulf's main focus is on the evolution of Beowulf himself. Beowulf exemplifies heroic traits throughout the poem. However, his values and focus as a hero change as he matures and grows older. As a youth Beowulf begins with heroic ideals

Birth of a New Era

1977 words - 8 pages Birth of a New Era Despite the problems of the fourteenth century, it marked the beginnings of extraordinary changes in numerous facets of fifteenth century society. This astonishing revolution was coined the Renaissance, which meant “rebirth.” The Renaissance led to such literary pioneers as Niccolò Machiavelli. His work, The Prince, gave detailed instructions as to what qualities a perfect leader must possess and how to use these

The Birth of a New Mother

1588 words - 7 pages the father of these two girls my wife naturally was their mother of course. I focused on bringing in the income and paying for everything, while my wife stayed home and watched our girls. I was a happy father and husband. I spent seven years watching my wife run after them day and night. She would make them dinner, bathe them, shop for them, and everything a mother does. By the seventh year of my second child’s birth I surprised my wife with a

Worldview Reflection as a Christian Theist

1926 words - 8 pages Worldview Reflection I began this course thinking my worldview was that of a Christian Theist, as I had come to discover, as the course progressed, my worldview was a mixed bag of beliefs outside the elementary belief of Christian Theism. I was not disheartened by this finding, but surprised. The realization then set in that I was uneducated or did not know God like I thought. In fact my beliefs appeared to be more influenced by society than

A Review of Psycho

2367 words - 9 pages A Review of Psycho He was known to his audience as the ‘Master of Suspense’ and what Hitchcock mastered was not only the art of making films but also the task of taming his own mad imagination Hitchcock told his stories through intelligent plots, witty dialogue and a spoonful of mystery and murder. In doing so, he inspired a new generation of filmmakers and revolutionized the thriller genre, making him a worldwide

"A Review Of Amistad"

894 words - 4 pages "Amistad", directed by Steven Spielberg, portrays the horrible events that took place upon the Cuban schooner La Amistad in 1839. "Amistad" isn't simply about the abduction and selling of people during slavery times; it is about how dehumanizing the whole process is. Joseph Cinque, played by Djimon Hounsou, is a father and husband, living in Sierra Leone in West Africa. Cinque did not even come from primitive or simplistic origins. Sierra Leone

A review of "Beowulf"

851 words - 3 pages Beowulf was written in a time when Christianity was a newly budding religion in England.Throughout the book there are obvious references to both Christian and Pagan rituals. Thecharacters in the epic are newly found Christians who are trying to remain true to their new faithbut are weak and hence, in times of great trouble, they resort back to their Pagan traditions andgods out of fear. Pagan rituals in the book are usually present only as

The Art of Storytelling: The Birth of a Nation

517 words - 2 pages Griffith's film, "The Birth of a Nation," set the bar for what a narrative storyline should be in cinema, for his time period and today as well. During an era of short, silent films, which often only depicted a single circumstance or shallow plot, the film seemed to be the model for any story portrayed as an epic of events that spanned over many years and covered several events. While at the same time he showed the power of cinema as a

Birth of a New Kind of Music: Kwaito

1601 words - 6 pages Kwaito, one of the most important music genres and cultural innovations to emerge in Post-Apartheid South Africa is music that is characterized by being ‘after the struggle.’ It is a kind of music that branches off of the genres House and Hip-Hop. It is seen as being apolitical and does not pay attention to the political side of South Africa. However, politicians have been known to use Kwaito to relate to the youth of South Africa. Furthermore

Similar Essays

Birth Of A Nation Movie Review

804 words - 3 pages "Birth of a Nation", directed by D.W. Griffith opens in Pre-Civil War America with two families, the Northern Stonemans, and the Southern Camerons. Congressman Austin Stoneman has a daughter named Elsie and two sons whom are later important in the battle scenes of this movie. Ben Cameron, a central figure in the movie, is one of three sons and two daughters. The Stoneman boys are friends with the Cameron boys and they visit their South

Birth Of A Nation Essay

629 words - 3 pages On March 3, 1915 the movie The Birth of a Nation was released at the Liberty Theatre in New York City. This film was financed, filmed, and released by the Epoch Producing Corporation of D.W. Griffith and Harry T. Aitken. It was one of the first films to ever use deep-focus shots, night photography, and to be explicitly controversial with the derogatory view of blacks.      Throughout the movie, the film justified the

A Christian Worldview Essay

1838 words - 7 pages to the limited number of the Catholic Churches in this area, but still identify closely with Roman Catholicism. I open with these items because they greatly impact my Christian Worldview. When we talk about a Christian Worldview, we are taking about the way we think and act based on our religious beliefs. Those beliefs can come from influences such as family, friends, church, the bible itself, etc. What you believe and how you believe it becomes

A Socratic Worldview Essay

1567 words - 6 pages A Socratic Worldview Of the philosophers I have studied, Socrates stands out to me from all the rest. Although I would be the first to confess that I have never put forth the time nor the effort necessary to consider myself a philosopher (at least not in the sense that I imagine most would consider to be the credentials of a philosopher), my philosophy about life is most closely aligned with what I understand Socrates philosophical beliefs