L606 Winter 2019 Destroyer of the Gods: Christianity’s Triumph in the Roman World
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 22–Feb. 12
Instructor: Jack Dalby
Christianity’s astounding success in the ancient Roman world was not preordained—far from it. In this academic-based class, we will examine the many reasons, large and small, why Christianity grew from a tiny group of apocalyptic Jews in the year 30 CE, to being proclaimed the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380 CE. Topics for discussion will include the historical Jesus, the ministry of St. Paul, early Christology, heresies, battles over the Trinity, Roman persecution of Christians, the variety of Christianities, Constantine’s conversion, and more.
Jack Dalby, president of White Oak Communications, is an OLLI member who has taught classes on the historical Jesus, St. Paul, and early Christianity. He holds a BS in communication arts from James Madison University and has taken graduate history classes at George Mason University.