A.D. 381: Heretics, Pagans, and the Dawn of the Monotheistic State

Charles Freeman


A upsetting and well timed exam of 1 of crucial sessions in Church history

In A.D. 381, Theodosius, emperor of the jap Roman empire, issued a decree during which all his topics have been required to join a trust within the Trinity of the daddy, Son and Holy Spirit. This edict outlined Christian orthodoxy and taken to an finish a full of life and wide-ranging debate in regards to the nature of God; all different interpretations have been now declared heretical. It was once the 1st time in one thousand years of Greco-Roman civilization unfastened idea used to be unambiguously suppressed. Why has Theodosius's revolution been airbrushed from the ancient list? during this groundbreaking publication, acclaimed historian Charles Freeman argues that Theodosius's edict and the following suppression of paganism not just introduced an finish to the range of spiritual and philosophical ideals in the course of the empire, yet created various theological difficulties for the Church, that have remained unsolved. The yr A.D. 381, as Freeman places it, used to be "a turning element which period forgot."

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