Augustine, the Roman Empire, and the Rise of Christianity

Christianity became inextricably entangled with the Roman Empire in the fourth century--with momentous consequences that continue to reverberate today. Join BUCC church member and Columbia University historian Richard R. John for a five-week class on this fateful entanglement. John will base his class on two well regarded revisionist histories of this period that were written for a popular audience: James J. O'Donnell's Augustine: A New Biography and O'Donnell's Ruin of the Roman Empire. O'Donnell makes the provocative argument that, had Roman officials been less xenophobic, and more respectful toward outsiders, it might well have survived--forever altering the course of Christianity. Click here for a full course schedule.