The Church in Ancient Society: From Galilee to Gregory the Great

Paperback | July 25, 2003

byHenry Chadwick

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The Church in Ancient Society provides a full and enjoyable narrative history of the first six centuries of the Christian Church. Ancient Greek and Roman society had many gods and an addiction to astrology and divination. This introduction to the period traces the process by which Christianitychanged this and so provided a foundation for the modern world: the teaching of Jesus created a lasting community, which grew to command the allegiance of the Roman emperor. Christianity is discussed in relation to how it appeared to both Jews and pagans, and how its Christian doctrine and practicewere shaped in relation to Graeco-Roman culture and the Jewish matrix. Among the major figures discussed are Tertullian, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Constantine, Julian the Apostate, Basil, Ambrose, and Augustine.Following a chronological approach, Henry Chadwick's clear exposition of important texts and theological debates in their historical context is unrivalled in detail. In particular, theological and ecclesial texts are examined in relation to the behaviour and beliefs of people who attended churchesand synagogues. Christians did not find agreement and unity easy and the author displays a distinctive concern for the factors - theological, personal, and political - which caused division in the church and prevented reconciliation. The emperors, however, began to foster unity for political reasonsand to choose monotheism. Finally, the Church captured the society.

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The Church in Ancient Society provides a full and enjoyable narrative history of the first six centuries of the Christian Church. Ancient Greek and Roman society had many gods and an addiction to astrology and divination. This introduction to the period traces the process by which Christianitychanged this and so provided a foundation f...

Henry Chadwick is Emeritus Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge
Format:PaperbackDimensions:740 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.54 inPublished:July 25, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199265771

ISBN - 13:9780199265770

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The First Followers of Jesus2. The Jewish Matrix3. Jews and Christians Survive Rome's Crushing of Revolts4. The Hebrew Scriptures in the Church5. Interpreting Scripture: Philo and paul6. Apostles and Evangelists7. Women among Jesus' Followers8. 'Barnabas', Jewish Christianity, Trouble at Corinth9. Ignatius of Antioch10. Didache11. Marcion12. Justin13. Irenaeus of Lyon14. The New Testament Text15. Celsus: A Platonist Attack16. Montanism: Perpetua17. Tertullian, Minucius Felix18. Clement of Alexandria19. Julius Africanus20. Hippolytus and Liturgy21. Origen22. Cyprian of Carthage23. Dionysius of Alexandria24. Paul of Samosata25. Mani26. Plotinos, Porphyry27. Diocletian and the Great Persecution, Rise of Constantine28. Constantine, Lactantius, and Eusebios of Caesarea29. The Seeds of Reaction30. The Church at Prayer31. Athanasios, Marcellus, and the Gathering Storm32. Fiasco at Serdica33. Religious Division: A Note on Intolerance34. Athanasios' Return: A Wind of Change35. Constantius' Double Council of Unity36. Julian and the Church37. Damasus, Siricius, Papal Authority, Synesios of Cyrene38. Basil of Caesarea (Cappadocia)39. Ambrose40. Ambrosiaster41. Donatism42. Monks: The Ascetic Life43. Messalians; The Macarian Homilies44. Schism at Antioch: The Council of Constantinople (381)45. Jerome and Rufinus: Controversy about Origen46. Pelagius, Celestius, and the Roman See in Gaul and North Africa47. Julian of Eclanum: Augustine's Critics in Gaul and North Africa48. Augustine49. John Chrysostom50. Innocent I and John Chrysostom's Honour. Alaric and the fall of Rome51. The Christological Debate I: To the First Council of Ephesus52. The Christological Debate II: From Reunion to a breakdown of unity (449)53. The Christological Debate III; From the Second Council of Ephesus (449) to Chalcedon (451)54. Chalcedon II: fall of Dioscoros. the emperor Leo's Encyclia55. The aftermath of the Council of Chalcedon; Zeno's Henotikon56. Justinian: Origen and the Three Chapters57. The Church and the Barbarian Invasions in the West; Salvian, Sidonius, Caesarius58. Worship after Constantine59. Pope Gregory the Great (590 - 604)60. Pilgrims61. PenanceFurther ReadingDates of Roman EmperorsList of Bishops of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, Constantinople, and Jerusalem

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