Christianity

Constantine to c. 600

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 schematisations (e.g., 'heresy v. orthodoxy') toward an inclusive description of the diverse practices and theories that made up Christianity at this time. While 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.

augustine casiday is Lecturer in Historical Theology, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales, Lampeter. He is author of Evagrius Ponticus (2006) and Tradition and Theology in St John Cassian (2006) and assistant editor of The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature (2004).

Frederick w. norris is Professor Emeritus of World Christianity, Emmanuel School of Religion. He is author of over 200 articles, associate editor with Everett Ferguson of the Encylope-dia of early Christianity (1990, second edition 1997) and co-editor with A. Malherbe and J. Thompson of The Early Church in its Context (1998).

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