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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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“Not in the Spirit of Controversy”

“Not in the Spirit of Controversy”

Truth, Leadership, and Solidarity

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(p.23) 2 “Not in the Spirit of Controversy”
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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/9780520257399.003.0003

This chapter aims to show how, in the early church, bishops generally adhered to a pattern of conduct rooted in a tradition of solidarity and cooperation with one's peers. When confronted with doctrinal dissent, bishops strove to end disagreement and settle disputes by seeking compromise through negotiation and debate. It argues that the absence of precise criteria for orthodoxy and the benign ambiguity of the “rule of faith” discouraged sustained confrontation even as disagreements over doctrine became more common.

Keywords:   religious conflict, Christian history early church, ca. 30–600, Christianity history early church, bishops Rome, leadership (sociology), doctrine history Christian, heresy

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