SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World

Basic. Oct. 2019. 624p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780465093502. $32; ebk. ISBN 9780465093526. REL
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Independent scholar and award-winning author Holland (Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic) asserts in this engaging work that most of Western morals and ethics find their origin in Christianity, even where the influence is unacknowledged. Rather than offer a continuous narrative, Holland takes key moments in history and illuminates the role Christianity played in these epochal periods, both for good and for ill. Connecting topics and time periods—e.g., “Belief: AD 177: Lyon,” about the struggle to define Christian doctrine; and “Love: 1967: Abbey Road,” which speaks of the Christian origins of the love and peace movement of the 1960s, even as many of those promoting the movement rejected religious belief—Holland exhibits a wide and deep historical knowledge, placing each of these periods in the context of Christian and Western history. Each chapter begins with a telling vignette that illustrates the topic, as Holland then shows how this event mirrored those in other places.
VERDICT Even readers who might not agree with Holland’s thesis will enjoy his take on key periods of Western history.

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