Ill Literacy, Episode 141: Christendom (Guest: Peter Heather)

Published May 13, 2024

Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Peter Heather, chair of medieval history at King’s College, London, to discuss his new book, Christendom: The Triumph of a Religion, AD 300-1300. They chat about how a small sect of isolated and intensely committed congregations became a mass movement centrally directed from Rome, the Church’s chameleonlike capacity for self-reinvention, and how nothing was inevitable about Christianity’s rise and dominance in Europe. 

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Show Notes: 

City Journal: Edward Short – “Fair Triumph, or Foul?”

Literary Review: Costica Bradatan – “Onward Christian Emperors”

New York Times: Paul Elie – “Looking at Early Christianity Through a Different Lens”

Public Discourse: Robert Wilken – “ The History behind the Formation of Christendom”

The Spectator: Eleanor Myerson – “The rocky path to Christian dominance in Europe”

The Telegraph: Peter Stanford – “How 4th-century Christianity radically reinvented itself from a marginal sect to a world power”

Times Literary Supplement: Diarmid MacCulloch – “Kingdom of God”

Washington Examiner: Diane Scharper – “How Christianity Happened”