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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 (Paperback)

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At the time of Jesus's birth, the world was in ferment. Across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Asia - societies rife with gods and messiahs, priests and warriors - the old certainties of family, village and tribe were being overturned. Religion was becoming the source of order and stability. And Man Created God takes the reader on a dazzling journey across the empires of the ancient world to reveal how emperors and kings manipulated religion to consolidate their power. In Rome, Augustus was deified by his brilliant spin doctors; in what is now Sudan, the warrior queen Amanirenas exploited her godlike status to inspire her armies to face, and defeat, Rome; while in China, the usurper Wang Mang won and lost the throne over his obsession with Confucianism. In this riveting account of the interplay of faith and power, Selina O'Grady answers the most urgent question of all: how did the tiny Jesus cult triumph over more popular religions - the goddess Isis, the miracle worker Apollonius, even the cult of Augustus - to become the world's dominant faith?

History & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalAncient history: to c 500 CEHistory & PoliticsHistory: ChronologicalEarly history: c 500 to c 1450/1500Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalHistory of religion Publisher: Atlantic Books Publication Date: 01/05/2013 ISBN-13: 9781843546979  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Selina O'Grady was a producer of BBC1's moral documentary series Heart of the Matter presented by Joan Bakewell, Channel 4's live chat show After Dark and Radio 4's history series Leviathan. She has reviewed regularly for the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Review and Tablet, and she is the co-editor of two books: Great Spirits: The Fifty-Two Christians who Most Influenced their Millennium and A Deep But Dazzling Darkness.

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