We want to congratulate Professor Larry Hurtado on his newest publication, “Destroyer of the gods.” Professor Hurtado’s book is out today, so be sure to pick up a copy (click here). Also, see parts 1 and 2 of our interview with Professor Hurtado where we discuss the contents of his book. Also, part 3 of our interview series will be available later today here on our blog, so stay tuned.
Here are some reviews of Professor Hurtado’s book:
“This is a fascinating survey of the features that made Christianity distinctive in antiquity and so—ultimately—successful. Hurtado discusses the Christian concept of an exclusive veneration of God, the trans-ethnic and trans-local religious identity, the central role of books and learning and distinctive and challenging forms of behavior within their ancient context. The glimpses into the first three centuries may even inspire contemporary Christians to find their identity and negotiate between social assimilation and difference.”
—Jörg Frey, Chair of New Testament Studies, University of Zürich
“Hurtado sets out to awaken us from our ‘cultural amnesia,’ to remind us that the origin of Christianity and its remarkable success has more to do with its ability to distinguish itself from other religions in antiquity than to be one with them. Hurtado challenges readers to reconsider what have become common assumptions of religion today—that there is a single God and that religious affiliation is a voluntary choice. Without the distinctive rise of Christianity, none of these would be so.”
—April D. DeConick, Chair of the Department of Religion, Rice University