Religious Division: A Note on Intolerance

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Religious Division: A Note on Intolerance

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The language used by the rival synods at Serdica showed that neither side was prepared to make concessions and stood in marked contrast to the peaceful rapprochement of Church and Empire desired by the emperors. The interpretation of monotheism promulgated by the Constantinian emperors implied intolerance towards the practice of paganism and restrictions on the customs of observant Jews. The emperors wanted stability and harmony, but divisions within the Church and between Christians and pagans led to frequent violent disorder. Suitably qualified and efficient pagans were still employed in public offices into the fifth and sixth centuries.

Keywords: intolerance; Jews; paganism

Chapter.  2521 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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