Conversion: the Old and the New in Religion from Alexander the Great to Augustine of Hippo (Paperback)
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Short Description for Conversion From the time when each State had its own set of local deities, to the triumph of the Catholic Church, Nock traces the history and psychology of the processes by which religions were gradually syncretized and their differences cancelled out. This work was originally published in 1933.
- Published: 24 February 1998
- Format: Paperback 324 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780801859106 ISBN 10: 0801859107
- Sales rank: 655,466
Full description for Conversion
Originally published in 1933, Conversion is a seminal study of the psychology and circumstances of conversion from about 500 B.C.E. to about 400 A.D. A.D. Nock not only discusses early Christianity and its converts, but also examines non-Christian religions and philosophy, the means by which they attracted adherents, and the factors influencing and limiting their success. Christianity succeeded, he argues, in part because it acquired and adapted those parts of other philosophies and religions that had a popular appeal.