There is No Crime for Those Who Have Christ Paperback

Religious Violence in the Christian Roman Empire

by Michael Gaddis;

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There is No Crime for Those Who Have Christ

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"There is no crime for those who have Christ," claimed a fifth-century zealot, neatly expressing the belief of religious extremists that righteous zeal for God trumps worldly law. This book provides an in-depth and penetrating look at religious violence and the attitudes that drove it in the Christian Roman Empire of the fourth and fifth centuries, a unique period shaped by the marriage of Christian ideology and Roman imperial power. Drawing together materials spanning a wide chronological and geographical range, Gaddis asks what religious conflict meant to those involved, both perpetrators and victims, and how violence was experienced, represented, justified, or contested. His innovative analysis reveals how various groups employed the language of religious violence to construct their own identities, to undermine the legitimacy of their rivals, and to advance themselves in the competitive and high-stakes process of Christianizing the Roman Empire.
Gaddis pursues case studies and themes including martyrdom and persecution, the Donatist controversy and other sectarian conflicts, zealous monks' assaults on pagan temples, the tyrannical behavior of powerful bishops, and the intrigues of church councils. In addition to illuminating a core issue of late antiquity, this book also sheds light on thematic and comparative dimensions of religious violence in other times, including our own.

There is No Crime for Those Who Have Christ by Michael Gaddis was published by University of California Press in May 2015. The ISBN for There is No Crime for Those Who Have Christ is 9780520286245.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (May 2015)
Number of Pages416
Thickness28 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4313088
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