Authority and the Sacred

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August 1997



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. He 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.


Preface; 1. Christianisation: narratives and process; 2. The limits of intolerance; 3. Arbiters of the Holy: the Christian holy man in late antiquity; Notes; Index.


'A brilliant book, by a scholar to whom church historians are already deeply indebted, providing ample material for further debates.' The Expository Times ' ... the treatment is fresh and independent'. The Times Literary Supplement
EAN: 9780521595575
ISBN: 0521595576
Untertitel: Aspects of the Christianisation of the Roman World. 'Canto Original Series'. black & white illustrations. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1997
Seitenanzahl: 108 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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