Publisher: University of California Press; Reprint edition (March 18, 2015)
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"There is not any crime if you have Christ," claimed a fifth-century zealot, well expressing the idea of spiritual extremists that righteous zeal for God trumps worldly legislation. This booklet presents an in-depth and penetrating examine non secular violence and the attitudes that drove it within the Christian Roman Empire of the fourth and 5th centuries, a different interval formed by way of the wedding of Christian ideology and Roman imperial strength. Drawing jointly fabrics spanning a large chronological and geographical diversity, Gaddis asks what spiritual clash intended to these concerned, either perpetrators and sufferers, and the way violence used to be skilled, represented, justified, or contested. His leading edge research finds how quite a few teams hired the language of spiritual violence to build their very own identities, to undermine the legitimacy in their competitors, and to boost themselves within the aggressive and high-stakes strategy of Christianizing the Roman Empire.Gaddis pursues case stories and topics together with martyrdom and persecution, the Donatist controversy and different sectarian conflicts, zealous clergymen' attacks on pagan temples, the tyrannical habit of robust bishops, and the intrigues of church councils. as well as illuminating a center factor of past due antiquity, this e-book additionally sheds mild on thematic and comparative dimensions of non secular violence in different instances, together with our personal.