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St. Paul is known throughout the world as the first Christian writer, authoring fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament. But as Karen Armstrong demonstrates in St. Paul: The Apostle We Love to Hate, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of Christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history. It was Paul who established the first Christian churches in Europe and Asia in the first century, Paul who transformed a minor sect into the largest religion produced by Western civilization, and Paul who advanced the revolutionary idea that Christ could serve as a model for the possibility of transcendence. While we know little about some aspects of the life of St. Paul - his upbringing, the details of his death - his dramatic vision of God on the road to Damascus is one of the most powerful stories in the history of Christianity, and the life that followed forever changed the course of history.
©2015 Karen Armstrong. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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By Rev. David B. Smith on 11-26-16

Devoid of fresh insight

I was hoping for some fresh insights on Paul. Nothing. The title was enticing but the content very disappointing

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By mary on 02-21-16

Insightful

Very good,lots of information I never knew. I will listen again. it has changed the way I understood the new testament.

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By Mary Carnegie on 04-01-17

Paul - baddie or goodie or both?

Few are indifferent to Paul, who gave us that wonderful hymn to love in 1Cor:13, but who also possibly (Armstrong challenges this) ordered women to cover up and shut up in church. It is a concise knowledgeable account of the life and work of Paul of Tarsus, as far as we are able to reconstruct it, taking account of recent scholarship, and avoiding dogmatism.

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