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|Title: Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom|
By: Peter J. Leithart
Number of Pages: 367
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 4 ounces
Stock No: WW827220
We know that Constantine
And if Constantine the emperor were not problem enough, we all know that Constantinianism has been very bad for the church. Or do we know these things? Peter Leithart weighs these claims and finds them wanting. And what's more, in focusing on these historical mirages we have failed to notice the true significance of Constantine and Rome baptized. For beneath the surface of this contested story there emerges a deeper narrative of the end of Roman sacrifice--a tectonic shift in the political theology of an empire--and with far-reaching implications. In this probing and informative book Peter Leithart examines the real Constantine, weighs the charges against Constantinianism, and sets the terms for a new conversation about this pivotal emperor and the Christendom that emerged.
". . . this work should serve as a welcome redress of the often one-sided debate regarding Constantine and Constantinianism."-- Britton W. Norvell, Restoration Quarterly, 55:1 (2013)
"This book is a must read for anyone assaying to deal with Constantine in the foreseeable future; it is a valuable correction of the tendentious views that frame the first Christian emperor. Leithart?s work is a welcome contribution to Constantine scholarship and should find its place in responsible library collections. Scholars will want to get their own copy, and many classes will be enriched by the addition of this book to the list of required readings."-- James R. Payton, Jr., Calvin Theological Journal, November 2012
"In Defending Constantine [Leithart] has done the historian, theologian, church leader, and layman a great service by providing an enjoyably readable historical-theological-conceptual look at this critical era of church history."-- Michael Philliber, Touchstone, January/February 2012
" Defending Constantine demonstrates the enduring relevance of the "Constantinian moment" of the fourth century. While recent scholarship has focused mainly on the negative results, Leithart swings the pendulum back, reminding us of all the good that God brought about from this contested period of history."-- Trevin Wax, Christianity Today, March 2011
"Here is an excellent scholarly and fair treatment of Constantine."-- Christian News, November 15, 2010
"This erudite work will be of interest to academic seminarians and theologians, as well as those seeking a historically sound Christian interpretation of Constantine."-- Matthew Connor Sullivan, Library Journal, December 2010
"Leithart has written an important book that does more than help us to better understand the complex human being who bore the name of Constantine. . . As a pacifist I could not want a better conversation partner than Peter Leithart."-- Stanley Hauerwas, Christian Century, October 19, 2010
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