The total number of christians within the empire was probably less than fifty thousand an infinitesimal number in a society comprising sixty million the jews by contrast were a significant minority numbering four to five million most inhabitants of the roman empire had never heard of christianity and very few had had. The christians are also suspected of what the romans classify as abominations typically rumors about sexual immorality and eating and drinking the body and blood of their god these texts reflect the roman concern with the appeal and popularity of the movement. The christians as the romans saw them illuminates a subject often misunderstood why did the romans persecute christians robert wilken tells the story from the viewpoint of the romans he articulates the arguments made against christianity by roman writers including galen celsus porphyry and julian the apostate. The christians as the romans saw them written by professor robert louis wilken 1986 edition new edition publisher yale university press paperback books amazonca. In his highly regarded and well reviewed book the christians as the romans saw them robert l wilken counters his previous research into the early apologists by looking at the pagan writing of the time about christians to see the issue from the other side of the coin
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