Rethinking Constantine

Author: Edward L. Smither
Publisher: James Clarke & Co
ISBN: 0227902726
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Rethinking Constantine from the Author: Edward L. Smither. On the eve of his battle against Maxentius at Milvian Bridge in 312, Flavius Valerius Constantinus (ca. 273/74¬Ė337) reportedly saw a symbol in the sky, which played a role in his conversion to faith in the Christian God and began a new chapter in the relationship between church and state. What happens to the church when the emperor becomes a Christian? Should such a triumph be perceived as God¬ís will and the fulfilment of prophecy? Or, was it the beginning of compromise and worldly captivity for a pilgrim people? Constantine¬ís life¬óhis career, faith, and relationship to the church¬óraises questions for Christians and for historians of the church which cannot be ignored. The aim of the present work is to reassess our picture of Constantine through careful historical inquiry largely within the scope of the early Christian period. Our approach is threefold: to re-examine the history surrounding Constantine¬ís life, to consider his connection to the development of Christian theology, and to then assess his legacy regarding the church.

Mission In The Early Church

Author: Edward L. Smither
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630871613
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Mission In The Early Church from the Author: Edward L. Smither. How did Christian missions happen in the early church from AD 100 to 750? Beginning with a brief look at the social, political, cultural, and religious contexts, Mission in the Early Church tells the story of early Christian missionaries, their methods, and their missiology. This book explores some of the most prominent themes of mission in early Christianity, including suffering, evangelism, Bible translation, contextualization, ministry in Word and deed, and the church. Based on this survey, modern readers are invited to a conversation that considers how early Christian mission might inform global mission thought and practice today. **

Theodosius Ii

Author: Christopher Kelly
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 110727690X
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Theodosius Ii from the Author: Christopher Kelly. Theodosius II (AD 408‚Äď450) was the longest reigning Roman emperor. Ever since Edward Gibbon, he has been dismissed as mediocre and ineffectual. Yet Theodosius ruled an empire which retained its integrity while the West was broken up by barbarian invasions. This book explores Theodosius' challenges and successes. Ten essays by leading scholars of late antiquity provide important new insights into the court at Constantinople, the literary and cultural vitality of the reign, and the presentation of imperial piety and power. Much attention has been directed towards the changes promoted by Constantine at the beginning of the fourth century; much less to their crystallisation under Theodosius II. This volume explores the working out of new conceptions of the Roman Empire - its history, its rulers and its God. A substantial introduction offers a new framework for thinking afresh about the long transition from the classical world to Byzantium.

The Demonic In The Political Thought Of Eusebius Of Caesarea

Author: Hazel Johannessen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0191091049
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The Demonic In The Political Thought Of Eusebius Of Caesarea from the Author: Hazel Johannessen. The Demonic in the Political Thought of Eusebius of Caesarea explores how Eusebius of Caesarea's ideas about demons interacted with and helped to shape his thought on other topics, particularly political topics Hazel Johannessen builds on and complements recent work on early Christian and early modern demonology. Eusebius' political thought has long drawn the attention of scholars who have identified in some of his works the foundations of later Byzantine theories of kingship. However, Eusebius' political thought has not previously been examined in the light of his views on demons. Moreover, despite frequent references to demons throughout many of Eusebius' works, there has been no comprehensive study of Eusebius' views on demons, until now, as expressed throughout a range of his works. The originality of this study lies both in an initial examination of Eusebius' views on demons and their place in his cosmology, and in the application of the insights derived from this to consideration of his political thought. As a result of this new perspective, Johannessen challenges scholars' traditional characterization of Eusebius as a triumphal optimist. Instead, she draws attention to his concerns about a continuing demonic threat, capable of disrupting humankind's salvation, and presents Eusebius as a more cautious figure than the one familiar to late antique scholarship.

The Crucifixion Of The Warrior God

Author: Gregory A. Boyd
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506420761
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The Crucifixion Of The Warrior God from the Author: Gregory A. Boyd. A dramatic tension confronts every Christian believer and interpreter of Scripture: on the one hand, we encounter images of God commanding and engaging in horrendous violence: one the other hand, we encounter the non-violent teachings and example of Jesus, whose loving, self-sacrificial death and resurrection is held up as the supreme revelation of God‚Äôs character in the New Testament. How do we reconcile the tension between these seemingly disparate depictions? Are they even capable of reconciliation? Throughout Christian history, many different answers have been proposed, ranging from the long-rejected explanation that these contrasting depictions are of two entirely different ‚Äėgods‚Äô to recent social and cultural theories of metaphor and narrative representation. The Crucifixion of the Warrior God takes up this dramatic tension and the range of proposed answers in an epic constructive investigation. Over two volumes, renowned theologian and biblical scholar Gregory A. Boyd argues that we must take seriously the full range of Scripture as inspired, including its violent depictions of God. At the same time, we must take just as seriously the absolute centrality of the crucified and risen Christ as the supreme revelation of God. Developing a theological interpretation of Scripture that he labels a ‚Äúcruciform hermeneutic,‚ÄĚ Boyd demonstrates how Scripture‚Äôs violent images of God are completely reframed and their violence subverted when they are interpreted through the lens of the cross and resurrection. Indeed, when read through this lens, Boyd argues that these violent depictions can be shown to bear witness to the same self-sacrificial character of God that was supremely revealed on the cross.

Rethinking Christ And Culture

Author: Craig A. Carter
Publisher: Brazos Press
ISBN: 144120122X
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Rethinking Christ And Culture from the Author: Craig A. Carter. In 1951, theologian H. Richard Niebuhr published Christ and Culture, a hugely influential book that set the agenda for the church and cultural engagement for the next several decades. But Niebuhr's model was devised in and for a predominantly Christian cultural setting. How do we best understand the church and its writers in a world that is less and less Christian? Craig Carter critiques Niebuhr's still pervasive models and proposes a typology better suited to mission after Christendom.

Rethinking Christendom

Author: Jonathan Luxmoore
Publisher: Gracewing Publishing
ISBN: 9780852446478
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Rethinking Christendom from the Author: Jonathan Luxmoore. 'If European history is a verdant plain, then Christianity is the river which flows through it. It is a river with various sources: Judaic tradition, oriental faiths, Greek philosophy, Roman law. And it has been broadened by incoming streams over two millennia - Celtic, Germanic, Salv, Finno-Urigc culture; Islam, humanism, Romanticism - embracing and re-directing them, but also being enriched and deepened by them . . .' The failure of the European Union's Constitutional Treaty has raised serious questions about the Continent's future. Christian churches are active in this debate, as social and cultural forces with influence and outreach. But questions are also being asked about the future of Christianity itself, in a region now deeply divided between competing outlooks and visions. Rethinking Christendom explores the background to today's discussions, drawing on views and perspectives from East and West. It shows how Christianity became the essential badge of European-ness, and the universal reference point for societies drawn together by external threats and internal aspirations. While some Europeans see Christianity as a means of liberation, others view it as a barrier to freedom. This book is a plea for a realistic and informed understanding of Christianity's past, present and future role - in a region where all faiths, worldviews and philosophies can and should coexist in a mutual creative harmony. Jonathan Luxmoore is an English freelance journalist and writer, covering church- related news in Europe for Catholic News Service, Ecumenical News International, as well as The Tablet and other newspapers. Jolanta Babiuch is a Polish lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, having previously taught at the Universities of London and Warsaw, where she was a co-founder of Transparency International. The couple have four children and live in Oxford and Warsaw. Their previous books include The Vatican and the Red Flag (1999).

Rethinking British Romantic History 1770 1845

Author: John Regan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199687080
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Rethinking British Romantic History 1770 1845 from the Author: John Regan. This collection of essays looks at the interactions between history and literature in the Romantic period, focusing on practical as well as theoretical interconnections between the two genres and disciplines. It argues not only that experiments in literary writing intersected with concurrent experiments and innovations in historical writing, but also that the questions raised in the period about the role of feeling, sentiment, and the imagination in historicalwriting are still resonating in historical debates today. It therefore also considers current debates about the philosophy of history and literature.

Rethinking Children S Citizenship

Author: Tom Cockburn
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 0230271871
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Rethinking Children S Citizenship from the Author: Tom Cockburn. Citizenship is a phenomenon that encompasses the relationships between the state and individuals, rights and responsibilities and identity and nationhood. Yet the relationship between citizenship and childhood has gone relatively unexplored. This book examines this relationship by situating it within the historical development of modern forms of citizenship that have formed contemporary Western notions of childhood and citizenship. The book also engages with recent political and social theory to rethink our current view of citizenship and develops an understanding that emphasises social interdependence and calls for a concomitant re-evaluation of our public spaces that facilitates the recognition of children as participating agents within society. The book will be of interest to those working across a wide number of disciplines, including politics, sociology, education, health, social work, childhood studies, youth studies, law and social policy, together with policy-makers, teachers and practitioners in allied areas.

Rethinking Catholicism In Reformation England

Author: Lucy E. C. Wooding
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198208650
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Rethinking Catholicism In Reformation England from the Author: Lucy E. C. Wooding. "This book sheds new light on the unfolding of Reformation in England by examining the ideological development of Catholicism in the formative years between the break with Rome and the consolidation of Elizabethan Protestantism. It argues that the undoubted strength of Catholicism in these years may have come less from its traditionalism, and its resistance to change, than from its ability to embrace reforming principles. The humanist elements within Henry VIII's religious policies encouraged the development of the Erasmian potential already well established in English Catholic thought. A dominant strain of Catholic ideology emerged which attempted not only to defend, but also to reform the Catholic faith, and to promote the study of Scripture, the use of the vernacular, and the refashioning of doctrine. This provided the basis for attempts to launch a Catholic Reformation under Mary I, and remained influential during the early years of Elizabeth, until reconfigured by the experience of exile and the drive for Counter-Reformation uniformity." "Dr. Wooding shows that Catholicism in this period was neither a defunct tradition, nor one merely reacting to Protestantism, but a vigorous intellectual movement responding to the reformist impulse of the age. Its development illustrates the English Reformation in microcosm: scholarly, humanist, practical, and preserving its own peculiarities distinct from European trends. It shows that reform was not a Protestant reserve, but a broad concern in which many participated. Rethinking Catholicism in Reformation England makes an important contribution to the intellectual history of the Reformation."--BOOK JACKET.