Maybe most enjoyable about this book is its variety of approach. In each separate chapter, Hopkins examines a new aspect of life and religion in the ancient world, and each time, finds a new way of presenting his ideas. So, in one chapter, we read an account of two present day time-travellers visiting Pompeii, in another, a thinly-veiled Jeremy Paxman interviews a Christian fanatic for TV. The result is both entertaining and thought-provoking, in that, as well as presenting a cogent and provocative thesis on the early church, Hopkins also questions how we look at, understand and interpret history. This is no dull, academic read, but a spirited account of ancient christian history, and a playful look at historical methodology. All the "facts" and research are there, but they are presented in a new and revealing light. It's a great piece of scholarship. And good fun.