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3.13 Cities of God: Last and Lasting Lessons

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Oct 25, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Christianity conquered cities one by one, not by arms or propaganda, but by the quiet witness of ordinary lives well lived. Worldly power yielded before the prayers of the saints and the blood of the martyrs. What can we learn from the first evangelization as we work our witness today?


Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries

Rodney Stark, Cities of God: The Real Story of How Christianity Became an Urban Movement and Conquered Rome

Wayne Meeks, The First Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul

Thomas A. Robinson, Who Were the First Christians? Dismantling the Urban Thesis

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Theme music: Gaudeamus (Introit for the Feast of All Saints), sung by Jeff Ostrowski. Courtesy of Corpus Christi Watershed

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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