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Tom Holland on the Price of Peace

While answers to the question “How often do you think about the Roman Empire?” range from “daily” to “just about never,” Ancient Rome has a considerable impact on the lives of people in the West. On this episode, Russell Moore welcomes Tom Holland—award-winning biographer, historian, and author of Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World. Holland’s new book Pax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age sheds light on the Roman Empire’s lasting impact. 

During their discussion, Moore and Holland consider the Roman influence on many American facets of life ranging from government to philosophy to gender. They consider what Ancient Rome can teach listeners about navigating dissension, the role of violence, and the role of virtue in maintaining a civilization. Their conversation covers the relationship of Ancient Rome to Christianity, how the Bible depicts Rome, and how to read Revelation with the Roman context in mind. Moore and Holland talk about radicalization, the October 7th Hamas attack, and the influence of social media. 

Tune in for a powerful discussion that sheds light on specific ways our histories inform our present lives.

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 Host: Russell Moore 

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About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).