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Conversion: The Old and the New in Religion from Alexander the Great to Augustine of Hippo
Originally published in 1933, Conversion is a seminal study of the psychology and circumstances of conversion from about 500 B.C.E. to about 400 A.D. Nock not only discusses early Christianity and its converts, but also examines non-Christian religions and philosophy, the means by which they attracted adherents, and the factors influencing and limiting their success. Chris ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published February 24th 1998 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published 1933)
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My main issues with this book were that most chapters were much longer than they needed to be, and tough to follow unless the reader is familiar with the primary source material being cited (which I largely was not, although even when I was, the writing style and content was pretty boring). I lot of the main points that were made could be summarized in a brief academic lecture - I know this as a fact because a Classics course I took in college summarized 90% of what was in this book in one class ...more