Cambridge [England] ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990. Large octavo in black illsu jacket; xvii, 258 pages ; 24 cm; bibliographical references (pages 235-249) and index. Near fine in near fine(+) jacket housed in archival myalr; a very few pages with scholarly marks in pencil. / near fine. Item #93013
"This book is concerned with one central historical problem: the nature of the changes that transformed the intellectual and spiritual horizons of the Christian world from its establishment in the fourth century to the end of the sixth. 'The End of Ancient Christianity' examines how Christians, who had formerly constituted a threatened and beleaguered minority, came to define their identity in a changed context of religious respectability in which their faith had become a source of privilege and power." —Publisher. / Contents: Preface -- Abbreviations -- Inttroduction: 'Secularity' -- PART I: THE CRISIS OF IDENTITY: 'A great multitude no man could number' ; Additional note on the holy man and his chrisma -- Conversion and uncertainty -- Augustine: a defence of Christian mediocrity -- 'Be ye perfect' -- PART II: KAIROI: CHRISTIAN TIMES AND THE PAST: The last times -- The martyrs and sacred time -- Secular festivals in Christian times? ; Additional note on the chronology of Augustine's statements on spectacles -- The Christianisation of time -- PART III: TOPOI: SPACE AND COMMUNITY: Holy places and holy people -- City or desert? Two models of community ; Additional note on the date of Cassian's Thirteenth Conference -- Desert and city: a blurring of frontiers -- The ascetic invasion -- Within sight of the end: retrospect and prospect. / Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600. Spirituality -- Christianity -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600. Theology -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600. Spirituality -- History of doctrines -- Early church, ca. 30-600. Christendom. Cultuurgeschiedenis. Ideeëngeschiedenis. Église -- Histoire -- ca 30-600 (Église primitive) Spiritualité -- Histoire des doctrines -- ca 30-600 (Église primitive) Théologie -- Histoire -- ca 30-600 (Église primitive) Historia eclesiástica -- S.I-VI Church history -- Primitive and early church. Spirituality -- Christianity -- Early church. Theology -- Early church. Frühchristentum Kirchengeschichte Theologie Cultuurgeschiedenis. Ideeëngeschiedenis. Christendom. Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600. Spiritual life -- History of doctrines -- Early Church, 30-600.
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