This volume in the Cambridge History of Christianity presents the 'Golden Age' of patristic Christianity. After episodes of persecution by the Roman government, Christianity emerged as a licit religion enjoying imperial patronage and eventually became the favoured religion of the empire. The articles in this volume discuss the rapid transformation of Christianity during late antiquity, giving specific consideration to artistic, social, literary, philosophical, political, inter-religious and cultural aspects. The volume moves away from simple dichotomies and reductive schematizations (e.g., 'heresy v. orthodoxy') toward an inclusive description of the diverse practices and theories that made up Christianity at this time. Whilst proportional attention is given to the emergence of the Great Church within the Roman Empire, other topics are treated as well - such as the development of Christian communities outside the empire.
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This volume in the Cambridge History of Christianity presents the 'Golden Age' of patristic Christianity. It discusses the rapid transformation of the religion during this period. Coverage is in keeping with the multidisciplinary character of modern research into this era and aims at inclusiveness insofar as surviving evidence allows.About the Author:
Augustine Casiday is Leverhulme Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University. He is author of Evagrius Ponticus (2006) and Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian (2006).
Frederick W. Norris is Professor Emeritus of World Christianity, Emmanuel School of Religion. He is author of over 200 articles and associate editor with Everett Ferguson of the Encyclopedia of Early Christianity (1990, 2nd edition 1997).
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