All was dark yet splendid - as that ebony to which has been likened the style of Tertullian
The title places it squarely in a long and notorious tradition of Christian apologetics that began in Latin with Tertullian
in the second century and in Greek with John Chrysostom in the fourth.
From Plautus to Tertullian
, Herodotus to Josephus, "Imagine No Religion" illuminates cultural complexities otherwise obscured by our modern-day categories.
Ever since Tertullian
famously asked, "What hath Athens to do with Jerusalem?
While the authors deploy a variety of literary and archaeological evidence to trace developments within each of these categories (including useful analysis of the De rebaptismo or Treatise on Rebaptism, an anonymous and unfortunately neglected text on a subject with which North African clergy were preoccupied), this book's tendency in organizational structure is to follow the development of practices chronologically through the writings of Tertullian
, Cyprian, and then Augustine.
Occasionally he errs on a point, as when he says that Tertullian
assures the impassibility of God by dividing the burden between Father and Son (121); S.
Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of Its Practices and Beliefs" provides valuable new insights into the church fathers Tertullian
, Cyprian, and Augustine.
Kalantzis is illuminating in his treatment of Tertullian
1 -- The famous observation of Church father Tertullian
(160-220 AD), "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church," has become a reality in the growing church of Kandhamal in Odisha.
In this first volume, scholars of Tertullian
of Carthage (160-225), who wielded his knowledge of Roman law in the service of Christianity, and of epistle-packing apostle Paul consider such topics as christology, the spirit of prophecy, justification of the martyrs, the wealth of Christians, and the world to come.
mourned the fate of the bloodied gladiators, many of whom were criminals serving out sentences.
, though, would have had no advantage in inventing that the Senate, the most prestigious political order of Rome, outlawed Christianity if this was not the case.