State and Church

Fergus Millar

in A Greek Roman Empire

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520247031
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941410 | DOI:
State and Church

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The Empire of Theodosius's administrative, cultural, linguistic, and religious homogeneity was remarkable in such a level of coherence that had never been achieved before over the same area, and never would be achieved again after the seventh century. Deviations from the ideal of an integrated Greek-speaking Christian state and society were a minor problem compared to the fact that uniformity of Christian belief and practice could not be attained. The hostile designations were given by outsiders to endless Christian subgroups alleged to be guilty of false belief and haunted the pages of Christian writers, just as they did the pronouncements of the Emperor. Theodosius's pronouncements of 435 represented a step in the evolution of the greatest of all the issues over doctrine, which was the Nestorian controversy.

Keywords: Theodosius; pronouncement; Nestorian controversy; doctrine; Christian

Chapter.  16919 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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