THE APOSTASY THAT WASN'T
HOW ATHANASIUS SAVED CHRISTIANITY IN THE AGE OF CONSTANTINE
The Great Apostasy. It’s one of the cornerstones of American religion…but did it really happen?
Did the conversion of the Emperor Constantine in A.D. 313—and his subsequent adoption of Christianity for the whole Roman Empire—subvert the original Faith so seriously that a Dark Age of idolatry and superstition was the result? Did the heroic triumphs of the Apostles and the early Church really give way so quickly to a massive collapse—a “great falling away” so serious that it required, in the end, a complete “reboot” from heaven? The Mormons teach this, as do the Jehovah’s Witnesses. So does Islam, the Da Vinci Code, and The Jesus Seminar.
Is it part of your faith?
Or is there a more Scriptural—and more historically factual—way of understanding what happened to the Church in the Age of Constantine?
In The Apostasy That Wasn’t author Rod Bennett follows up his enthralling debut—Four Witnesses; The Early Church in Her Own Words—with the story of his own journey out of Apostasy theory into sound, sober Christian history.
Four Witnesses was called “thrilling…accessible to the layman...as vivid as a TV movie…written with infectious enthusiasm.” Rod Bennett brings these same qualities to the story of the Constantine and Council of Nicaea, bringing the dramatic upheavals of that era colorfully to life. And by taking today’s readers directly to the historical source material, he cuts through the smokescreen of old-fashioned denominational polemics, allowing them to examine and understand the facts for themselves.
As Seen on EWTN's "The Journey Home"
"To read this book is to live in the fourth century for a vivid moment, knowing the thrills and heroics to
which true faith led our ancestors. This is the most enthralling book you'll read this year."
Mike Aquilina, historian, author (with Dion DiMucci) of "Dion: The Wanderer Talks Truth
“When I first started reading 'The Apostasy That Wasn’t' I thought to myself, 'I’ve never read anything like this before!' Sure I had read plenty of scripts and excerpts from the early Church but never in this highly engaging, narrative form. But the book is not just story; it is an education. Bennett’s informed commentary, lively narration, and rich citations from the early Church writings makes this book a lively comprehensive lesson on what really happened in the early Church before, during and after the reign of Constantine…It’s not just a historically-enriching read; it’s a fun read....History being taught as a story is history being taught right; and Bennett does just this."
Matt Nelson, Reasonably Catholic
"The most winsomely written book of apologetics I've seen in twenty-plus years...It is also something more than just one of the thousands of stories one could pull out of Church history: vignettes great and small about saints, battles, controversies. This is probably the most foundational story in Church history since the apostolic age ended. The early Christological battles, the Romanization of Christianity and the Christianization of Rome, the establishment of the Christological and Trinitarian formulas that became the basic historical litmus test of whether one was a Christian or not, the object lesson in how the heavenly chariot flew straight and true against all seeming worldly odds—it’s a story that changed, and determined, everything in the world we know today....The Apostasy that Wasn't tells that story in a truly extraordinary way."
Todd Aglialoro, Catholic Answers
"The best church history book that I have read in years! If you know a little or a lot, Mr. Bennett's engaging style makes the drama of the Council of Nicea come to life! He brings the personality of the various individuals involved in the drama of our faith to the forefront. I have always admired and loved Sts. Anthony of the Desert, Athanasius, Basil and the Gregories, but I now have a renewed fondness for these pillars of faith. It is humbling to be the recipients of truths these men fought to clarify and hand on to faithful generations."
I was amazed at the amount of myth and misinformation, concerning the early Church, which I had been taking for granted as accepted fact. Bennett is the anti-Dan Brown, and this book should be on the must read list of any truth seeking Christian.
What a yarn...and what a faith-builder!
New for Summer 2016
THE POPCORN CATHEDRAL
ESSAYS AT THE JUNCTION OF FILM, FAITH, AND FANTASY
C.S. Lewis once wrote: "What we need is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects—with their Christianity latent." Rod Bennett has been taking up this call since the early 1990s, writing about his great love for film and fantasy in the unique light of his own Christian faith.
This new book collects 11 of his best essays and stories on these topics, which previously appeared in prestigious publications like Rutherford, Catholic Exchange, Cornerstone, and Wonder Magazine. All of them appeared prior to the publication of his breakthrough book, Four Witnesses; The Early Church in Her Own Words.
FRANK CAPRA AND "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"
GEORGE LUCAS AND "STAR WARS"
RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT!
ORSON WELLES AND "WAR OF THE WORLDS"
If you happen to find yourself living “at the junction of film, faith, and fantasy” we're certain you’ll discover something here to enjoy.