Some Recent Interactions with My Book on Second Century Christianity

Michael J. Kruger

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July 17, 2018

I’ve been pleased this year to see so many encouraging responses to my new book, Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church (IVP Academic, 2018). Who would’ve thought people would be interested in the second century?

For those who haven’t picked up a copy yet, this book highlights what is really a forgotten century of sorts in the history of Christianity. Much attention is paid to the first century (for obvious reasons!), and by the time the third and fourth centuries roll around, the church is more established (which means more sources for scholars to study).

In between sits the “Cinderella Century” (as Larry Hurtado calls it), all too easily overlooked.  But, in this critical time period the church faced an enormous number of challenges and transitions–ones that would shape its identity for years to come.

These transitions includes issues of demographics (what kind of people became Christians?), politics (how’d Christians interact with the Roman government and how were they perceived?), ecclesiology (who ran the churches and how’d they relate to each other?), theology (were Christians unified in their beliefs and how did they handle “heresy”?), and Scripture (when did Christians collect their own books as canon?).

I’ve been doing a ton of podcast interviews, and I have also seen some of the reviews start to come in.  Here is a sampling:

Interview with Matthew Barrett at Credo Magazine: see here.

Interview with Coleman Ford and Shawn Wilhite for the Center of Ancient Christian Studies: see here.

Interview with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals: see here.

Interview with Jen Wilkin, Kyle Worley, and J.T. English at Village Church podcast: see here.

Interview with Fred Zaspel at Books at a Glance: see here

Interview with Camden Bucey and Jared Oliphint at the Reformed Forum: see here.

Reviewed by David Evans for Themelios: see here.

Reviewed by Mark Edwards at the Church Times: see here.

Reviewed by Thomas McGlothlin for the American Academy of Religion: see here.

Reviewed by Carl Trueman for Mortification of Spin: see here.

Reviewed by Nathan Kollar for Catholic Book Reviews: see here.

Reviewed by Ben Witherington at Bible and Culture: see here.

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