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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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Claiming Truth, Projecting Power, A.D. 325–337

Claiming Truth, Projecting Power, A.D. 325–337

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Doctrine and Power

Carlos R. Galvão-Sobrinho

University of California Press

Nicaea failed to produce theological consensus, but in the politically charged climate after the council, theological disagreement became even more threatening to church leaders, who understood that their leadership had come to depend on their ability to convince as many people as possible of the orthodoxy of their views and legitimacy of their positions. Focusing on the particularly well-documented early career of Athanasius, this chapter looks at the consolidation of the new style of church leadership that had emerged in the early years of the Arian controversy. As the dispute rekindled, prelates responded to its challenges not by seeking consensus and compromise, but by asserting their authority, suppressing opposition, and promoting their views on a much wider field.

Keywords:   religious conflict, Christian history early church, ca. 30–600, bishops Rome, Arian controversy, Arianism, doctrine history Christian, doctrine history Christian, leadership (sociology), Alexandria, Athanasius of Alexandria, Melitian schism, violence

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