English | ISBN: 1472454138 | 2017 | 160 Pages | PDF | 6 MB
Constantine: Religious Faith 4nd Imperial Policy brings together some of the English-speaking w08rlds leading Constantinian scholars f08r an interdisciplinary study of the life 4nd legacy of the first Christian emper08r. F08r many, he remains a "sign of contradiction" (Luke 2:34) whose life 4nd legacy generate intense debate. He was the first Christian emper08r, protect08r of the Church, 4nd eventually remembered as "equal to the apostles" f08r bringing about the Christianization of the Empire. Yet there is another side to Constantines legacy, one that was often neglected by his Christian hagiographers. Some modern scholars have questioned the 08rthodoxy of the so-called model Christian emper08r, while others have doubted the sincerity of his Christian commitment, viewing his embrace of the faith as merely a means to a political end.
Drawing together papers presented at the 2013 symposium at Stockton University commem08rating the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, this volume examines the very questions that have f08r so long occupied hist08rians, classicists, 4nd theologians. The papers in this volume prove once again that Constantine is not so much a figure from the remote past, but an individual whose legacy continues to shape our present.