There is no Crime for Those Who Have Christ: Religious Violence in the Christian Roman Empire by ProQuest


Rather than seeing religious violence as the result of inherent Christian intolerance (notwithstanding Edward Gibbon) or simply "inauthentic" Christianity (15), Gaddis focuses on ideas of martyrdom and persecution that he claims shifted in the fourth century in such a way as to allow Christians to see religious violence as fitting within their moral system. Rather, it is the persistence of the ideology of martyrdom on the part of Christian dissidents-here the Donatists-who saw their resistance as heroic and glorious in the face of persecution, little different (in their eyes) indeed from that suffered under pagan emperors; no wonder that Donatist martyr accounts in the fourth century sound so much like those written in the face of pagan persecution.

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