Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years
Hubber Publishes First Book
Famous Hubber James A. Watkins is proud to announce the publication of his long-awaited first book, Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years. He is grateful for HubPages because during his years writing hundreds of Hubs he gained the experience, feedback, and confidence he needed to complete and publish his first non-fiction volume.
Jesus in the World separates what is true from what is false as to how the Good News was spread by those who love Jesus in spite of seemingly insurmountable obstacles and suffering severe hardships. We will first examine the life of Jesus, and the teachings of and about Him, which profoundly transformed countless individuals and communities.
This book traces the development of evangelism, missions, charity, doctrines, theology, councils, creeds, Saints, relics, monasticism, and the organization, hierarchy, and liturgy of the Church, from the birth of Christ to AD 600. We learn the truth about the Apostles and the Fathers of the Church; the writing of the New Testament and its canonization; the brutal persecutions and the throwing of Christians to the lions.
This exciting story shows how Christianity went from being outlawed to becoming the center of civic life; Constantine, what he did and did not do; the lives of Augustine, Ambrose, Popes Leo and Gregory the Great; the great heretics including the Gnostics, and the great heresy fighters; the veneration of Mary and the martyrs; the birth of the Roman Catholic Church, and the flowering of Byzantium. We will also take a good look at the Old Testament, and summarize the backstories of the Jews, Greeks, Romans, Celts, and Germans.
Let us lift away the dross so you can clearly see and comprehend the Truth about the founding of the Christian Faith and the Body of Christ.
The Life of Jesus
The documented history of Jesus and His followers is an amazing story. How could this man, a person who had lived in such obscurity throughout the majority of His life, become the most famous person of all time?
Today, there are two billion people who believe that Jesus was the Son of Father God, the Creator of the Universe and that he was, in fact, resurrected from the dead after his crucifixion.
Jesus said, “I will build my church.” Come meet the men and women who fulfilled His purpose; His chosen Apostles, their disciples, kings, queens, political leaders, and the ordinary men and women who faced persecution, torture and death for their unwavering belief in Him. The Body of Christ lived and preached the Gospel; Church Doctrine was established and taught, and places of worship were built throughout Christendom, all while the faithful were tested, revered, and often martyred.
History of Christianity
Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years will help men and women who have questions about the origins of the Christian Faith and the Church come to understand the astonishing true story. It will do your soul good to read this book. Along the way, we will answer life’s big questions: Who are we? Where did we come from? Why are we here in this Vale of Tears? Where are we going after this life is over and we go beyond the Great Divide? Who is Jesus? Who is God, and what does He want from us?
It will be well worth your time to read this amazing story. It reveals the lives of the Apostles, the first Christians, the Church Fathers, and how they miraculously spread the Good News far and wide in ancient days.
We explore the background of the Jews, Romans, Celts, and Germans. We delve into how the Bible came to be—were there any lost or banned books? What did Constantine really do—and not do? How was the Church—the Body of Christ—organized with its places of worship, rituals, and doctrines? Who are the Catholic Saints and what were their lives like? What was the deal with Relics? What is a heretic anyway and why should we care? Who were the Monks and what did they do?
We will also take a good look at the flowering of Byzantium before our story ends in about AD 600. For what happens after that you will have to wait for the sequel.
Author James A. Watkins
Explore the amazing story of Jesus coming into our world and how He changed it forever. We investigate the foundations of the Bible and the Church, as well as the background of the peoples involved. If you read Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years you will come to appreciate the fundamental truths that undergird the Christian Worldview.
My book is not written by or for an academic but written by and for a layman in plain language. I believe I have some unique insights into what the man on the street wants to know.
I have published hundreds of internet magazine articles. The over 40,000 comments I received have convinced me that most people in the West no longer know the foundational truths about how Christianity flowered, or even what it is, but instead repeat memes learned from postmodern anti-Christian fictions. They are defenseless against the wily darts of the Devil.
James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and writer. A lifelong student of history, theology, and politics; he loves people, books, music, and motion pictures.
An autodidact and a voracious reader who had read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica by the age of twelve, James always has been a convivial conversationalist and a gentlemanly generalist. Well-traveled, with an outlandish array of personal experiences, he made a living for decades as a singer, musician, and songwriter, playing thousands of public performances; then set records as a salesman in several fields; before owning and operating an aviation company for many years that specialized in private jet charters for the rich and famous.
James set out to reinvent himself as a writer and published hundreds of internet magazine articles, which have been read by millions.
Jesus in the World: Chapter Summaries
Chapter One is about Jesus of Nazareth, what kind of person He was; the life He lived; His teaching, preaching and parables; the Kingdom of God; the miracle-working Messiah; spiritual warfare; His earthly opponents; His death, Resurrection and Ascension; the Great Commission.
Chapter Two explicates the lives, writings, and missionary travels of the Apostles. Also included are sections on Mary Magdalene, James the Just, Mark the Evangelist, Dr. Luke, and Judas Iscariot, as well as a thorough description of the Holy Land.
Chapter Three tells the story of the Jews. After we take a look at Babylon and its demonic religion, as well as the Tower of Babel, we will learn about Abraham, Isaac, Jacob Israel, Joseph, Moses, David, and Solomon; the loss of Israel; Isaiah and Jeremiah; the Fall of Jerusalem; the Second Temple; Alexander the Great and Greek Civilization; the Romans, Herod the Great, the Pharisees and Sadducees; the Great Revolts, the Destruction of Jerusalem, and the Diaspora.
Chapter Four explores the life and times of Paul the Apostle; his background and younger days, miraculous conversion experience, incredible missionary journeys, extraordinary letters, and lasting legacy.
Chapter Five examines how the Body of Christ persevered and even thrived during more than 200 years of brutal persecution, from the death of the Apostle John to the coronation of Constantine, led and inspired by Fathers of the Church. This section ends with the Apostle’s Creed.
Chapter Six investigates the truth about how the New Testament we read today came to be. We delve into the origins of the texts, as well as how and by whom they were collected and canonized.
Chapter Seven provides an overview of the Holy Bible, with an emphasis on the Old Testament. A summary of the biblical narratives is included, along with analysis of what it all means to us today.
Chapter Eight is about Rome. How did a small town become an enormous empire that stretched from Britain to Persia? What are its lasting accomplishments, why did it flourish, and what caused its demise?
Chapter Nine will scrutinize what is true and what are phony modern fictions concerning the deeds of Constantine the Great and his influence on the Church and its doctrines. Also we cover the Nicene Council, the Nicene Creed, and the period after the death of Constantine through the reign of Emperor Theodosius, who made Christianity the official religion of the Empire.
Chapter Ten considers why particular men and women became revered as the Saints of the Church. We probe what is known as the Cults of the Saints, Relics, and Martyrs. We look at the lives and deaths of the most famous of the Saints, especially the Patron Saints.
Chapter Eleven is a review of the heretics of the Church; what their heresies were about and why they were unacceptable to the vast majority of right-thinking believers. Also, we will check out the chief heresy fighters and their written objections to various heretical ideas.
Chapter Twelve explains the background and culture of the Celtic peoples, the ‘Fathers of Europe.’ Included are observations of how the Celts lived before they came to know Christ, and how their inner selves and behaviors changed after becoming Christians, both individually and communally.
Chapter Thirteen examines the Greek Fathers of the Church. Answers will be provided as to who these men were and why their concepts are still so important to the understanding of current Church doctrines.
Chapter Fourteen investigates the Latin Fathers of the Church; Ambrose, Augustine, and Jerome. Who were these men, what motivated them, what were their lives like, why are they the foundational figures of the Church in the West?
Chapter Fifteen tells the story of the development of the Roman Catholic Church. We will explain where it came from and what were its earliest incarnations, leaders, teachings, and rituals.
Chapter Sixteen is about the Germans, meaning all those tribes of Germanic peoples that shook up what is now Europe and changed its landscape forever. What was life like for them, what did they want, and how Christianity changed them, are among topics reviewed.
Chapter Seventeen tells the story of monks and monasteries. We will consider the tales of the hermit monks, as well as the origins of the various monastic movements. Special emphasis is given to the tremendous achievements of the monks and monasteries.
Chapter Eighteen is a short history of Byzantium (New Rome or the Eastern Roman Empire) up to AD 600. Side trips are taken to explore developments in the Church in Egypt, Ethiopia, Syria, Armenia, and the Holy Land.
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