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Titel: Authority and the Sacred. Aspects of the ...
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1997. 91p. Paperback. Pages a bit yellowed, due to paper quality. Series: Canto. ?The first chapter is devoted to an analysis of the dominant narrative of Christianization that circulated widely in Christian circles in the fourth and fifth centuries and that has been repeated, mutatatis mutantis, by many modern historians. (?) Yet, in the Western parts of the empire an alternative narrative was in the process of being constructed by Augustine and a generation of mainly Latin writers; ?the dark counterpoint to the triumphant narrative that circulated in other circles? (pp.22-23). A myth of the ?decline of the Church? was created and employed by these Christian critics (?.). In the second (?) essay Brown seeks to weaken the persuasive power of the narrative of Christianization generated by Christians and pagans alike, to wit, the unholy alliance between authoritarian legislation and a triumphant groundswell of Christian intolerance. (?) In the final essay, Brown revisits familial territory - the ?Lives' of the Christian holy men (?). Here Brown seeks to explain their overall significance for contemporaries and their relative importance in relation to other forms of religious activity. Once again Brown places the evidence in a bride social and religious frame, to recover the story that the ?Lives? were written, in large part, to eclipse. The holy men emerged not as champions of a triumphant and intransigent faith, but as brokers of religious authority, ?arbiters of the holy?, and as low-key facilitators for the creation of new religious allegiances and of new religious patterns of observance. (?) specific aspects of Brown?s analysis might be challenged (?) or pursued further, but the broad outline is persuasive.? (A.J. DROGE in History of Religions, 1998, pp.275-77). From the library of Professor Carl Deroux. Antiquarian. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 44267
Inhaltsangabe: The Christianization of the Roman world lies at the root of modern Europe. Peter Brown's fascinating study examines the factors that proved decisive and the compromises that made the emergence of the Christian conception of existence possible: how the old gods of the Roman Empire could be reinterpreted as symbols to further the message of the Church. Peter Brown also shows how Christian holy men were less representative of a triumphant faith than negotiators of a working compromise between the new faith and traditional ways of dealing with the supernatural worlds.
Inhaltsangabe: The Christianisation of the Roman world lies at the root of modern Europe, yet at the time it was a tentative and piecemeal process. Peter Brown's fascinating study examines the factors which proved decisive and the compromises which made the emergence of the Christian 'thought world' possible: how the the old gods of the Roman Empire could be reinterpreted as symbols to further the message of the Church. ' ... the treatment is fresh and independent.' The Times Literary Supplement'A brilliant book, by a scholar to whom church historians are already deeply indebted, providing ample material for further debates.' The Expository Times
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