The Excitement of History

Zenobia_on_banks_of_Ajax_PoussinOne of the things that motivated me to write historical romance novels was the fact that I find history to be aflame with excitement, romance, dramatic moments, and great themes and struggles. I have written a number of histories concerning the apostolic movement during mostly the first three centuries following the time of Christ. Almost without exception the men who stood for the truth of monotheism and the full deity of Jesus Christ have been castigated as “heretics” and maligned, while others have been glorified (e.g. Calvin who murdered Michael Servetus with no mercy; Constantine who put members of his own family to death, and Martin Luther, who ordered the German princes to smite and slay peasants.

I felt that men like the ancient champions of the Oneness of God deserved to be portrayed in a good light. I am sure they were men and women of passion and love, who stood for truth. That was the kernel of thought that led me to write the novels concerning Sabellius (c. AD 180-260), a man who has stirred up his opponents for centuries by the stand he took for truth. I have used my imagination combined with a tremendous amount of historical research to bring these men and women back to life. In the novel Lost Memories of Eden I attempted to portray the tremendous battle Noah must have faced in building the ark. I do not think that Noah built the ark without demonic opposition, and so I used the ancient theories of the “sons of God” in Genesis 6 as a theme in the novel. I hope it brings about a greater appreciation of Noah’s courage and indomitable will in building the ark. Finally, I wrote a novel concerning the life of the third century Monarchian Christian Paul of Samosata and the beautiful Queen Zenobia. Paul, in later life, became the duly elected bishop of Antioch. He held the older doctrine concerning the Oneness of God and Christ, and he was challenged (with no eccleisiastical authority) by other bishops who had adopted a newer form of teaching concerning Christ. His strange friendship has never really been explained, and so I set out to use my imagination.

I would welcome any comments on my novels. I have several novels  yet to be published: a fourth novel on Sabellius, concerning his alleged visit to Byzantium (tentative title Sabellius in Byzantium); a novel concerning a young Roman girl and a blacksmith’s son  tentatively called The Governor’s Daughter; and, finally, and a novel concerning Polycarp, a great Oneness Christian bishop in the time of Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius (second century) entitled The Centurion’s Daughter. I hope to be able to get these published in the future when I am able. Here is a picture of an artist’s conception of Zenobia as some might imagine her in my novel The Queen and the Heretic on the banks of the Euphrates before she is captured by the forces of Aurelian.

3 responses to “The Excitement of History”

  1. Bernard Cornwell says:

    A thoughtful insight and ideas I will use on my blog. You’ve obviously spent some time on this. Well done!

  2. Sumit says:

    The greatest sptruiial goal a human being should have is getting back to Godhead, back to the sptruiial planets, where we originally fell down from. But what is the road map to get back home to the sptruiial planets? How, where, when? The easiest way to insure that we can get a ticket to get back home in this lifetime, is to do devotional service to the Lord every single day until we draw our last breath and ask Him to forgive and come get us on our deathbed.But, but, but, this is not logical you may say. How do I even start and by the way, what is devotional service anyways ..Before we rebelled and were forced to fall down’ into the hellish planets, (of which Earth is one)we served God in splendor, bliss and unconditional love day in and day out in our true home the sptruiial planets. We couldn’t wait to serve Him and His Associates when we got up in the morning, in the sptruiial planets. We had all wealth, and opulence and food and exquisite shelter while we were at home with Him. Somehow, someway, we started to question why we ourselves couldn’t taste what it felt like to be a lord of all that could be worshipped. We felt slighted to just have to spend all our time worshipping and adoring the Lord. We wanted to lord it over others on our own and have servants and our own money and our own families and do it by ourselves.We started to think of getting out of here and seeing other worlds. As soon as we started to think in this way, our Sweet lord, granted our desire and we were sent downward head first to land in a womb for 9 hellish months in darkness and getting acids burning our baby flesh and getting who knows what kind of parents. Now that you have an idea of how we came to this planet with our original sin firmly in place, we can start to talk about how to reverse this mess we find ourselves in and get back home to the loving waiting arms of the Lord. Original sin is just this it was our sin of wanting to separate from the Lord and be our own Lord and master of our little lives. Thank you

  3. Thank you for your reply to the blog article on “the excitement of history”.

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