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The Patient Ferment of the Early Church

Join Steve Gregg as he leads this reading group through Alan Kreider's The Patient Ferment of the Early Church. Gatherings will be held on Thursdays (9/14, 9/28, 10/26, 11/9) at 12:30pm in the CSC Classroom with coffee provided.

 

The growth of the Christian church in the Roman Empire remains surprising. Why did this minor religion from the eastern Mediterranean—marginal, despised, discriminated against—grow substantially, eventually supplanting the well-endowed, respectable cults that were supported by the empire and aristocracy? What enabled Christianity to be so successful that by the fifth century it was the established religion of the empire?

Alan Kreider's book, The Patient Ferment of the Early Church helps us to better answer those questions, highlighting the role of patience as a distinctly Christian virtue. And as we see a myriad of social changes around us, looking back at how the early church dealt with such tensions can help us better understand how to lead our churches into the future.


We invite you to purchase your copy of The Patient Ferment of the Early Church on our Bookshop site, which can be found at https://bookshop.org/shop/christianstudycenter.



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