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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Creating Christianity: A Weapon Of Ancient Rome is a thoughtful work of historical non-fiction by author Henry Davis. Anyone with a knowledge of the history of the Roman Empire knows that its conversion from a pagan belief system to widespread Christianity was a significant political and military move for the Empire as much as it was a religious decision, and this book focuses on the specific details and clues as to how that really came about. Davis searches for the real identity of the Christian Messiah and argues for a potentially Roman author of the modern New Testament, one who had a view to creating a new religion for his own reasons as much as those of Rome.
Believers in the Bible verbatim will not enjoy this book as, despite Davis’s tactful writings, he does outright disagree with the reasons for the birth of Christianity in a way that is sure to offend. That said, for me this was a fascinating take on why a religion could be created and what a new belief system offers an Empire as powerful as that of Rome. Henry Davis doesn’t write in a overly complex manner, keeping to the facts and explaining points clearly before moving on to the next stage of historical discovery. I found his selection of evidence to be both interesting and compelling, and the book as a whole made me want to learn even more about the impact of Christianity on Rome. Creating Christianity: A Weapon Of Ancient Rome is a recommended read for fans of political and religious history.