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Defending Constantine The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom

ISBN-10: 0830827226
ISBN-13: 9780830827220
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 10/24/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 373
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

We know that Constantine issued the Edict of Milan in 313 outlawed paganism and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire manipulated the Council of Nicea in 325 exercised absolute authority over the church, co-opting it for the aims of empire And if Constantine the emperor were not problem enough, we all know that Constantinianism has been very bad for the church.Or do we know these things?Peter Leithart weighs these claims and finds them wanting. And what's more, in focusing on these historical mirages we have failed to notice the true significance of Constantine and Rome baptized. For beneath the surface of this contested story there emerges a deeper narrative of the end of Roman sacrifice--a tectonic shift in the political theology of an empire--and with far-reaching implications.In this probing and informative book Peter Leithart examines the real Constantine, weighs the charges against Constantinianism, and sets the terms for a new conversation about this pivotal emperor and the Christendom that emerged.

Peter J. Leithart is Senior Fellow of Theology, New Saint Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho. He was educated at Hillsdale College (AB), Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR, ThM) and Cambridge University (PhD).

Preface
Acknowledgments
Sanguinary Edicts
Jupiter on the Throne
Instinctu Divinitatus
By This Sign
Liberator Eccleslae
End of Sacrifice
Common Bishop
Nicaea and After
Seeds of Evangelical Law
Justice For All
One God, One Emperor
Pacifist Church?
Christian Empire, Christian Mission
Rome Baptized
Bibliography
Author Index
Subject Index

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