We know that Constantine
- issued the Edict of Milan in 313
- outlawed paganism and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire
- manipulated the Council of Nicea in 325
- exercised absolute authority over the church, co-opting it for the aims of empire
And if Constantine the emperor were not problem enough, we all know that Constantinianism has been very bad for the church. Or do we know these things? Peter Leithart weighs these claims and finds them wanting. And what's more, in focusing on these historical mirages we have failed to notice the true significance of Constantine and Rome baptized. For beneath the surface of this contested story there emerges a deeper narrative of the end of Roman sacrifice--a tectonic shift in the political theology of an empire--and with far-reaching implications. In this probing and informative book Peter Leithart examines the real Constantine, weighs the charges against Constantinianism, and sets the terms for a new conversation about this pivotal emperor and the Christendom that emerged.
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About "Defending Constantine"
Meet the Author
Peter J. Leithart (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is senior fellow of theology and literature at New St. Andrews College and pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of a number of books, including A House for My Name: A Survey of the Old Testament; Against Christianity, Solomon among the Postmoderns; The Promise of his Appearing (2 Peter) and 1 and 2 Kings (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible). He is also a contributing editor for Touchstone
Table Of Contents
- We Know That Constantine
And If Constantine The Emperor Were Not Problem Enough, We All Know That Constantinianism Has Been Very Bad For The Church. Or Do We Know These Things? Peter Leithart Weighs These Claims And Finds Them Wanting. And What's More, In Focusing On These Historical Mirages We Have Failed To Notice The True Significance Of Constantine And Rome Baptized. For Beneath The Surface Of This Contested Story There Emerges A Deeper Narrative Of The End Of Roman Sacrifice--a Tectonic Shift In The Political Theology Of An Empire--and With Far-reaching Implications. In This Probing And Informative Book Peter Leithart Examines The Real Constantine, Weighs The Charges Against Constantinianism, And Sets The Terms For A New Conversation About This Pivotal Emperor And The Christendom That Emerged.
- issued The edict Of Milan In 313
- outlawed Paganism And Made Christianity The Official Religion Of The Roman Empire
- manipulated The Council Of Nicea In 325
- exercised Absolute Authority Over The Church, Co-opting It For The Aims Of Empire
- 1 Sanguinary Edicts
- 2 Jupiter On The Throne
- 3 instinctu Divinitatus
- 4 By This Sign
- 5 liberator Ecclesiae
- 6 End Of Sacrifice
- 7 Common Bishop
- 8 Nicaea And After
- 9 Seeds Of Evangelical Law
- 10 Justice For All
- 11 One God, One Emperor
- 12 Pacifist Church?
- 13 Christian Empire, Christian Mission
- 14 Rome Baptized
- Author Index
- Subject Index