Christianity is no longer the dominant religion in many places where it used to be. Over the course of recent generations there has been a decline in the Church’s influence over society. In short, we are living in what many would call a “post-Christian” world.
So how can the Church live and serve in this post-Christian world, in which believers are facing various forms of persecution? The answer, according to authors Mike Aquilina and Jim Papandrea, lies in understanding the Church of the past.
In Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change it Again (Image, Feb. 24, 2015), Aquilina and Papandrea examine the history of the Early Church and apply it to America’s current political landscape, giving contemporary focus to material unfamiliar to many modern Christian readers.
This book is about seven cultural revolutions—individual, home, workplace, religion, community, death and state—that changed human society for the better by improving the quality of human life.
Drawing on the similarities between the life of Christians in the early Roman Empire and the world in which we currently find ourselves, the authors show how the lessons learned from these ancient Christians can apply to Christians living in the United States today.
After discussing the seven revolutions in detail, the authors demonstrate why reclaiming these revolutions is so important for the Church of the twenty-first century and offer concrete suggestions for taking action in the new post-Christian world.
“Christianity can change the world again, but only if Christians continue to live their faith,” write Aquilina and Papandrea. “The Church can convert the world again, but only when we remember that we are the Church.”
What are the Seven Revolutions?
1) A Revolution of the Person (The Invention of Human Dignity) — a revolution of the individual affirmed that all people are created equal, in the image of God, and no one is expendable.
2) A Revolution in the Home (The New Idea of Family) — a revolution of the home affirmed as a place of safety and love, where women and children are not exploited.
3) A Revolution of Work (How Labor Became Holy) a revolution of the workplace affirmed that people are not property, that they must be free to choose their work, and that they must be given time for worship, for artistic expression, and to enjoy their loved ones.
4) A Revolution of Religion (God is Love) — a revolution of religion taught that God is love.
5) A Revolution of the Community (Love Your Neighbor) — a revolution of the community taught people to love their neighbor.
6) A Revolution in Death (The Conquest of the Last Enemy) — a revolution in the way people thought of life and death rejected the culture of death, affirmed the culture of life and hope, encouraging people to stand up for human rights.
7) A Revolution of the State (Religious Freedom) — a revolution of government set up the ideal that rulers should serve those whom they rule (not the other way around), and that all people should enjoy freedom of religion.
About the Authors:
Mike Aquilina is the author of more than 40 books, including The Fathers of the Church, The Witness of Early Christian Women, and The Mass of the Early Christians. With Cardinal Donald Wuerl he is co-author of three books: The Mass, The Church, and The Feasts. He appears regularly on EWTN.
Jim Papandrea is a teacher, author, speaker, and musician. He received his M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in the history and theology of the early Christian church from Northwestern University. He has also studied Roman history at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Papandrea is now Associate Professor of Church History at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary (on the campus of Northwestern University) in Evanston, IL.
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