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The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 2: Constantine to c. 600
Casiday, Augustine and Frederick W. Norris, editors

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 pp. xx + 758. $195.00



Description: This volume in the Cambridge History of Christianity presents the 'Golden Age' of patristic Christianity. After episodes of persecution by the Roman government, Christianity emerged as a licit religion enjoying imperial patronage and eventually became the favoured religion of the empire. The articles in this volume discuss the rapid transformation of Christianity during late antiquity, giving specific consideration to artistic, social, literary, philosophical, political, inter-religious and cultural aspects. The volume moves away from simple dichotomies and reductive schematizations (e.g., 'heresy v. orthodoxy') toward an inclusive description of the diverse practices and theories that made up Christianity at this time. Whilst proportional attention is given to the emergence of the Great Church within the Roman Empire, other topics are treated as well - such as the development of Christian communities outside the empire. ē The multidisciplinary approach of the volume promotes a contextualized understanding of the period ē Explores divergent beliefs and practices within Christian communities inside and outside of the Roman Empire ē Traces the rapid transformation of Christianity during this period

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Early Church Origins

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Review by Paul Dilley
Published 9/5/2009
Citation: Paul Dilley, review of Augustine Casiday and Frederick W. Norris, eds., The Cambridge History of Christianity: Volume 2: Constantine to c. 600, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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