Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom

Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom


we all know that Constantine

  • issued the Edict of Milan in 313
  • outlawed paganism and made Christianity the legit faith of the Roman Empire
  • manipulated the Council of Nicea in 325
  • exercised absolute authority over the church, co-opting it for the goals of empire

And if Constantine the emperor weren't challenge adequate, we know that Constantinianism has been very undesirable for the church. Or can we understand these items? Peter Leithart weighs those claims and unearths them short of. and what is extra, in concentrating on those ancient mirages we now have didn't detect the genuine value of Constantine and Rome baptized. For underneath the outside of this contested tale there emerges a deeper narrative of the top of Roman sacrifice--a tectonic shift within the political theology of an empire--and with far-reaching implications. during this probing and informative ebook Peter Leithart examines the genuine Constantine, weighs the costs opposed to Constantinianism, and units the phrases for a brand new dialog approximately this pivotal emperor and the Christendom that emerged.

Show sample text content

Download sample