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Innocent I and John Chrysostom's Honour: Alaric and the Fall of Rome

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246955.003.0051

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Innocent I and John Chrysostom's Honour: Alaric and the Fall of Rome

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Controversy about the excommunication of John Chrysostom affected relations between east and west, as pope Innocent I (401–17) defended John's reputation and gradually gained some support in the east. John's deposition did not, as his opponents had wished, diminish the status of Constantinople or ‘New Rome’ in the eastern churches. Innocent's correspondence with the east covered other matters, including the Roman liturgy and Pelagianism. Innocent's time in office was also troubled by barbarian invasions of Gaul and Italy. Alaric's sack of Rome in 410 provoked agonizing questions for Christians about divine providence and provided the occasion for Augustine to begin work on his City of God.

Keywords: barbarian invasions; John Chrysostom; Constantinople; Innocent I; papacy; Rome

Chapter.  7123 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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