A.D. 381

A.D. 381

Heretics, Pagans, and the Christian State

Format
Ebook
Price
$12.99
 
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781590205228
  • 272 Pages
  • Overlook Books
  • Adult

Overview

A provoking and timely examination of one of the most important periods in Church history

In A.D. 381, Theodosius, emperor of the eastern Roman empire, issued a decree in which all his subjects were required to subscribe to a belief in the Trinity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This edict defined Christian orthodoxy and brought to an end a lively and wide-ranging debate about the nature of God; all other interpretations were now declared heretical. It was the first time in a thousand years of Greco-Roman civilization free thought was unambiguously suppressed. Why has Theodosius’s revolution been airbrushed from the historical record? In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed historian Charles Freeman argues that Theodosius’s edict and the subsequent suppression of paganism not only brought an end to the diversity of religious and philosophical beliefs throughout the empire, but created numerous theological problems for the Church, which have remained unsolved. The year A.D. 381, as Freeman puts it, was “a turning point which time forgot.”

Praise

Praise for A.D. 381
“Exceptional+ Of the many excellences in Freeman’s book, not least are the eloquence, grace, and subtlety of argument with which he presents his case. Invaluable.”-Library Journal

“Freeman does a good job in forcing a reexamination of this crucial turning point.”-Kirkus
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