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Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

HubPages Writer Publishes First Book

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.

Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years

Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years

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.

'Behold the Man' by Antonio Ciseri (1871) is the cover art for James A. Watkins first book 'Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years'

'Behold the Man' by Antonio Ciseri (1871) is the cover art for James A. Watkins first book 'Jesus in the World: The First 600 Years'

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.

The Spread of Christianity and the Foundation of Christendom

The Spread of Christianity and the Foundation of Christendom

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 60,000 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.