Constantine and the militarization of Christianity
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Constantine and the militarization of Christianity a contribution to the study of Christian attitudes toward war and military service. by Charles Matson Odahl

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Published in Los Angeles .
Written in English


  • Constantine -- I, -- Emperor of Rome, -- d. 337.,
  • Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600.

Book details:

LC ClassificationsDG315 O3
The Physical Object
Paginationxvii, 296 p.
Number of Pages296
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL15512389M

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Constantine dies. Christianity made state religion of Roman Empire. In the spring of , w soldiers behind him, Constantine rode toward Rome to . The book is never dull; and such of its passages as the description of Constantine's campaigns against Maxentius, Licinius, and his other rivals (by which he rose to the role of the empire's sole Augustus) are vivid and dramatic and read with great interestAlexander Nazaroff "The New York Times ". Constantine I founded Constantinople on the site of Byzantium and converted the Roman Empire to Christianity, yet this first Christian emperor "would hardly be recognized as Christian at all today," asserts renowned classicist Grant in a compelling s:   Constantine I was a Roman emperor who ruled early in the 4th century. He was the first Christian emperor and saw the empire begin to become a Christian state.

Constantine's decision to cease the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire was a turning point for early Christianity, sometimes referred to as the Triumph of the Church, the Peace of the Church or the Constantinian , Constantine and Licinius issued the Edict of Milan decriminalizing Christian worship. The emperor became a great patron of the Church and set a precedent for. The relationship between the Christian Church and the state, how the church was to be governed, the calculating of the Easter day in the calendar were all affected by Constantine. The Council of Nicaea determined that the orthodox doctrine was that Jesus the Son and God the Father were of the same essence (Athanasius’ position). Constantine, Divine Emperor of the Christian Golden Age offers a radical reassessment of Constantine as an emperor, a pagan, and a Christian. The book examines in detail a wide variety of evidence. Constantine the Great (27 Feb c. / – 22 May ) Constantine was Roman Emperor (A.D. ). He was the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity and played a crucial role in the spread of the religion. With co-Emperor Licinius, he issued the Edict of Milan in , which proclaimed tolerance of all religions [ ].

saint in the Christian tradition. Suffice it to say, Constantine is a fascinating historical figure, and elusive even to scholars working in the present day. As fascinating as he is though, this thesis will be limited to exploring the reign of Constantine in terms of the extent to which we may evaluate the process of . The book reads, “The fundamental irony of Christianity! The Bible, as we know it today, was collated by the pagan Roman emperor Constantine the Great." 1 Is this true? Did Constantine alter the Bible? No, Constantine did not form or collate the Bible. In AD, Constantine ( – AD) became ruler of the Roman Empire. This isn't the book for you if you're looking for an unbiased history of Constantine. It's very dated and Baker definitely has an agenda (there is a severe overstatement of Constantine's commitment to Christianity). This takes away from the book's impact. There are several other books and authors that I would recommend to the serious s: In the year A.D., Constantine decreed, “On the venerable day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed” (Codex Justinianus lib. 3, tit. 12, 3; trans. in Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church, Vol. 3, p. , note 1).