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Doctrine and PowerTheological Controversy and Christian Leadership in the Later Roman Empire$
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Carlos R. Galvão-Sobrinho

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257399

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257399.001.0001

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Christian Leadership and the Challenge of Theology

Christian Leadership and the Challenge of Theology

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(p.15) 1 Christian Leadership and the Challenge of Theology
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Doctrine and Power
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Carlos R. Galvão-Sobrinho

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520257399.003.0002

Focusing on the early church, chapter 1 discusses the challenges that theological disagreement and dissent posed to church leaders at a time when their authority came increasingly to rest on their claims to possess God's Spirit. In these circumstances, whenever bishops were believed to have strayed from the truth—as often happened in theological disputes—their claims to possess God's Spirit were questioned, and their legitimacy was threatened.

Keywords:   religious conflict, Christian history early church, ca. 30–600, Christianity history early church, bishops Rome, leadership (sociology), doctrine history Christian, heresy, Origen, Paul of Samosata, Dionysius of Alexandria

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