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Doctrine and Power: Theological Controversy and Christian Leadership in the Later Roman Empire

Carlos R. Galvão-Sobrinho

Abstract

During the fourth century AD, theological controversy divided Christian communities throughout the eastern half of the Roman Empire. At stake in these disputes was not only the truth about God but also the authority of church leaders whose legitimacy rested on their willingness to validate that truth. Because that truth could not be fixed, however, nor that willingness secured, the dispute constantly threatened prelates' claims to authority. In this book, Galvão-Sobrinho argues that churchmen's response to that challenge gave birth to a new style of church leadership that contributed to the af ... More

Keywords: religious conflict, Christian History Early church, ca. 30–600, religious life, Christianity, Arian controversy, bishops Rome, Arianism, power, leadership (sociology), doctrine history Christian, Rome history Empire, 284–476

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520257399
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257399.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carlos R. Galvão-Sobrinho, author