Chapter 34. The Political Church: Religion and the State

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Michael Gaddis Associate Professor

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch34

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Gaddis, M. (2009) The Political Church: Religion and the State, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch34

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Syracuse University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101

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Keywords:

  • Political Church - religion and the state;
  • premodern Mediterranean society - traditional concepts of “honor” and “shame” for understanding social relations;
  • female honor - focusing on sexual purity;
  • maintenance of honor in Church - considerable attention to saving of face;
  • Conciliar arena;
  • theological “moderation” and doctrinal “extremes”;
  • Written Record - Conciliar Acts

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Honor and Dignity

  • Saving Face

  • The Conciliar Arena

  • Finding the Center

  • The Written Record: The Conciliar Acts

  • Blessed Memory

  • Conclusion: The Political Church

  • Bibliographical Note