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Doctrine and Debate in the East Christian World, 300-1500 by Averil Cameron

Doctrine and Debate in the East Christian World, 300-1500

Part of the The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 300-1500 Series


Doctrine and Debate in the East Christian World, 300-1500 by Averil Cameron

The reign of Constantine (306-37), the starting point for the series in which this volume appears, saw Christianity begin its journey from being just one of a number of competing cults to being the official religion of the Roman/Byzantine Empire. The involvement of emperors had the, perhaps inevitable, result of a preoccupation with producing, promoting and enforcing a single agreed version of the Christian creed. Under this pressure Christianity in the East fragmented into different sects, disagreeing over the nature of Christ, but also, in some measure, seeking to resist imperial interference and to elaborate Christianities more reflective of and sensitive to local concerns and cultures. This volume presents an introduction to, and a selection of the key studies on, the ways in which and means by which these Eastern Christianities debated with one another and with their competitors: pagans, Jews, Muslims and Latin Christians. It also includes the iconoclast controversy, which divided parts of the East Christian world in the seventh to ninth centuries, and devotes space both to the methodological tools that evolved in the process of debate and the promulgation of doctrine, and to the literary genres through which the debates were expressed.


'... it can be stated that this anthology achieves its purpose, giving the reader (who is not necessarily a specialist) a cross-cultural overview of the theological debate in the Christian Middle East,maintaining a high scholarly level and a valuable historical balance in its presentation of the state of research.'

'It goes without saying that each of the articles is a classic and the publishers are to be commended for producing them in such an accessible format, given that many of the original sources are now hard to obtain ... The publishers have given us a valuable compendium of scholarship in a relatively little-known branch of learning and this volume will serve the academic community accordingly.'
Ecclesiastical History

About the Author

Professor Dame Averil Cameron is Warden of Keble College, University of Oxford, UK; Robert Hoyland is Professor of Islamic History at the University of Oxford, UK.

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Publication date

28th December 2011


Averil Cameron

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Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


470 pages


General & world history
Religion & beliefs



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