Debate and Dialogue: Christian and Pagan Cultures c. 360-430 by Maijastina Kahlos

By Maijastina Kahlos

This e-book explores the development of Christian id in fourth and 5th centuries via inventing, fabricating and sprucing binary oppositions. Such oppositions, for instance Christians - pagans; fact - falsehood; the only real god - the multitude of demons; the ideal faith - superstition, served to create and strengthen the Christian self-identity. the writer examines how the Christian argumentation opposed to pagans used to be intertwined with self-perception and self-affirmation. Discussing the relatives and interplay among pagan and Christian cultures, this booklet goals at widening historic realizing of the cultural conflicts and the otherness in global background, therefore contributing to the continuing dialogue concerning the historic and conceptual foundation of cultural tolerance and intolerance. This ebook deals a necessary contribution to modern scholarly debate approximately past due old spiritual heritage and the connection among Christianity and different religions.

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