Americans Want Reliable History

A Digital Journas article says that a “Poll Shows American Moviegoers Demand Historically Accurate Portrayal in Biblically-Themed Films.”

Honestly, I doubt that, but that’s not the point of citing the article.

The article is about a new movie being released in 2016 called Nicaea. The claim of the moviemakers: “NICAEA will present the accurate portrayal of the rise in Christianity and satisfy the obvious cry for the truth.” (Note: Nicea can also be spelled Nicaea.)

But how do you know what’s true? There are plenty of web sites saying that The Da Vinci Code got the Council of Nicea right. Even Glenn Beck got in on the nonsense (and threw in a confusion of the Dead Sea and Nag Hammadi scrolls for good measure—ref).

I submit to you that if you want to know whether the movie Nicaea is an accurate portrayal of history, you should read my book, Decoding Nicea, before you see it.

In my book, you will find out how anyone knows what happened at Nicea. You won’t wonder who is telling you the truth, you will read the orginial sources for yourself. You will read Constantine’s letters and the council’s report to the African churches. You will find Eusebius’ the historian’s letter back to Caesarea explaining the Nicene Creed, the decisions of the council, and why he agreed with those decisions.

Eusebius was the bishop (Gr. episkopos, which mean “overseer” or “supervisor”) of the church in Caesarea, and he felt he had to explain himself for going along with the council’s decisions in their entirety. What better way to know what the council decided than to read a defense of those decisions by someone who was there?

Decoding Nicea not only gives you the firsthand accounts of the Council of Nicea—all of them—but it tells the story leading up to the council and the battles that went on for 58 years afterward. It tells you about the Church before Nicea and the intervention of Constantine and the immense changes in the churches afterward. To provide this for you, I did not pull from modern speculation but from the historians closest to the council. Four histories were written in the early 5th century covering the time period from Nicea to their present, between 80 and 120 years from the council. Three are extant, and the story I give to you in the book is culled from all three of them.

What about modern historians? Modern historians are using the same histories that you will be using when you read my book.

Don’t think, however, that you’ll be reading boring, ancient writings. You will be reading the story of one of the most amazing, exciting, and world-changing events in modern history. Nicea changed Christianity, and with the help of the eastern Roman emperors, Christianity changed the world. Whether that was for the good, you can decide.

The book is $12.95 at Amazon, which is a superb price for a 460-page book. The previous version (In the Beginning Was the Logos) cost over $20. When we changed the cover and title to better match the contents, we also switched printers, giving us a huge reduction in price. (Sorry to those of you who paid more than that. I trust you got your money’s worth anyway.)

I have no reviews for the new edition, so you’ll have to read the reviews for the first edition.

You can also get the first edition on Kindle for just $4.99. Since we only changed the title and cover and changed the order of a couple chapters, you will get all the same content in the first edition Kindle book.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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3 Responses to Americans Want Reliable History

  1. laura says:

    maybe you could offer your services to the movie-making industry that they be accurate? They could, for a price, base some things on your book? 🙂 Just a thought.

  2. Tara says:

    If any of you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. It is fascinating history and well worth your time. Don’t bother with the Kindle version unless you just can’t afford the paperback. This book is a treasure you will want to keep on your bookshelf and reread.

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