And Man Created God: Kings, Cults and Conquests at the Time of Jesus

And Man Created God: Kings, Cults and Conquests at the Time of Jesus

Selina O'Grady


At the time of Jesus's beginning, the realm was once in ferment. throughout Europe, North Africa, the center East and Asia - societies rife with gods and messiahs, clergymen and warriors - the previous certainties of kinfolk, village and tribe have been being overturned. faith was once changing into the resource of order and stability.

And guy Created God takes the reader on a blinding trip around the empires of the traditional international to bare how emperors and kings manipulated faith to consolidate their strength. In Rome, Augustus was once deified by way of his exceptional spin medical professionals; in what's now Sudan, the warrior queen Amanirenas exploited her godlike prestige to encourage her armies to stand, and defeat, Rome; whereas in China, the usurper Wang Mang received and misplaced the throne over his obsession with Confucianism.

In this riveting account of the interaction of religion and tool, Selina O'Grady solutions the main pressing query of all: how did the tiny Jesus cult overcome extra well known religions - the goddess Isis, the miracle employee Apollonius, even the cult of Augustus - to turn into the world's dominant faith?

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