Constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate. Constantine Revisited: Leithart, Yoder, and the Constantinian Debate 2019-02-09

Constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate Rating: 6,6/10 220 reviews

A review of Constantine Revisited, edited by John D. Roth

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

Leithart published a widely read polemic, Defending Constantine, that vigorously refuted this interpretation. He then provides a counterpoint to Leithart's critique of Yoder's historiography by showing places in Yoder's expansive oeuvre in which he does in fact provide a more nuanced account of Constantine and his time in power 174. Cavanaugh's middle path is a refreshing perspective that sees Constantine's conversion as neither a complete betrayal nor a complete victory, but indeed something more complicated 86. Nugent summarizes Leithart's revisionist biography of Constantine and notes that the polarization that Leithart encourages could be a valuable corrective and motivator for historical research. In its place, Leithart offered a thoroughgoing rehabilitation of Constantine and his legacy, while directing a rhetorical fusillade against the pacifist theology and ethics of the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder. Furry engages with Leithart's response to his earlier critique in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics, and he advocates for a figural reading of Scripture and a more nuanced historiography that acknowledges the enduring presence of theological commitments while attending accurately to history.

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Constantine revisited : Leithart, Yoder, and the Constantinian debate (Book, 2013) [textresponse.net]

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

Roth is Professor of History at Goshen College, where he also serves as editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review and director of the Mennonite Historical Library. For some, Constantine's conversion to Christianity early in the fourth century set in motion a process that made the church subservient to the civil authority of the state, brought a definitive end to pacifism as a central teaching of the early church, and redefined the character of Christian catechesis and missions. He is the author of numerous books and articles on subjects related to the Radical Reformation and contemporary Anabaptist and Mennonite theology, including Teaching that Transforms: Why Anabaptist-Mennonite Education Matters 2011. It seems remarkable that nowhere in the anthology does the engagement with Leithart come from the standpoint of postcolonial critique. In its place, Leithart offered a thoroughgoing rehabilitation of Constantine and his legacy, while directing a rhetorical fusillade against the pacifist theology and ethics of the Mennonite theologian Howard Yoder.

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Constantine revisited : Leithart, Yoder, and the Constantinian debate /

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

Stephen Long's systematic application of Yoder's principles from Christian Witness to the State. For some, Constantine's conversion to Christianity early in the fourth century set in motion a process that made the church subsevient to the civil authority of the state, brought a definitve end to pacifism as a central teaching of the early church, and redefined the character of Christian catechesis and missions. In so doing, they help ensure that the Constantinian Debate will continue to be lively, substantive, and consequential. They engage one of the most contentious issues in Christian church history in irenic fashion and at the highest level of scholarship. .

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Constantine Revisited

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

The rest of the selections were interesting but not nearly as good. Following from this admission, Tran critiques Leithart's book on the level of genre, calling into question both Leithart's selective reading of secondary sources and his proclamation that the book is polemical 127-128. Leithart published a widely read polemic, Defending Constantine, that vigorously refuted this interpretation. This collection of essays continues a long and venerable debate in the history of the Christian church regarding the legacy of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. This collection of essays continues a long and venerable debate in the history of the Christian church regarding the legacy of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Great truth, great insight here.

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Constantine Revisited: Leithart, Yoder, and the Constantinian Debate (English Edition) eBook: John D. Roth: textresponse.net: Loja Kindle

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

The essays gathered here in response to Leithart reflect the insights of eleven leading theologians, historians, and ethicists from a wide range of theological traditions. The two responses that really stood out were Alan Kreider's challenge on the grounds of ancient church history and D. They engage one of the most contentious issues in Christian church history in irenic fashion and at the highest level of scholarship. In its place, Leithart offered a thoroughgoing rehabilitation of Constantine and his legacy, while directing a rhetorical fusillade against the pacifist theology and ethics of the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder. Cavanaugh doses with a warning against missing the radical call for transformation present in Leithart, a caution that is in the spirit of dialogue but risks ignoring the problematic goal of Leithart's call for transformation. The book is a great resource for those interested in Christianity and politics, and other contributors include Stanley Hauerwas, Mark Thiessen Nation, D. He is the author of numerous books and articles on subjects related to the Radical Reformation and contemporary Anabaptist and Mennonite theology, including Teaching that Transforms: Why Anabaptist-Mennonite Education Matters 2011.

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Constantine Revisited

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

But to Leithart's great credit, Defending Constantine has resulted in a Yoderian rejoinder that is both nuanced and insightful. The reviewers are all sympathetic to Leithart's target, John Howard Yoder. Hovey critiques the disconnect between the truth of nonviolence and the supposedly Christian ethic of emperors, especially in relation to the use of power, while seeing Leithart's contribution as a needed irritant for those who have become too comfortable with one reading of Constantine and the history of the church 171. They engage one of the most contentious issues in Christian church history in irenic fashion and at the highest level of scholarship. In its place, Leithart offered a thoroughgoing rehabilitation of Constantine and his legacy, while directing a rhetorical fusillade against the pacifist theology and ethics of the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder.

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Constantine Revisited: Leithart, Yoder, and the Constantinian Debate (English Edition) eBook: John D. Roth: textresponse.net: Loja Kindle

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

None of these characterisations adequately locates the basis of his methodology in the narrative of Jesus. They engage one of the most contentious issues in Christian church history in irenic fashion and at the highest level of scholarship. For some, Constantine's conversion to Christianity early in the fourth century set in motion a process that made the church subservient to the civil authority of the state, brought a definitive end to pacifism as a central teaching of the early church, and redefined the character of Christian catechesis and missions. Constantine Revisited is an anthology of critical essays responding to Peter Leithart's 2010 book Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom InterVarsity Press. Nation shows how Leithart frames Christianity as not only opposed to other religions, but also to political ideologies and nation states--a competitive model that stands in direct opposition to Kreider's affirmation of dialogue 70. Again, while defending Yoder, Tran acknowledges that Leithart's book serves to point out a blind spot in political theology 125.

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Constantinianism

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

William Cavanaugh's chapter is also interesting, though somewhat more theologically liberal than I expected. Roth -- A Yoderian rejoinder to Peter J. The reviewers are all sympathetic to Leithart's target, John Howard Yoder. For some, Constantine's conversion to Christianity early in the fourth century set in motion a process that made the church subservient to the civil authority of the state, brought a definitive end to pacifism as a central teaching of the early church, and redefined the character of Christian catechesis and missions. They engage one of the most contentious issues in Christian church history in irenic fashion and at the highest level of scholarship.

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Constantine Revisited: Leithart, Yoder, and the Constantinian Debate

constantine revisited leithart yoder and the constantinian debate

The defense of Constantine on Leithart's part constitutes an offensive against Anabaptist Mennonite political theology and the Yoder legacy. This collection of essays continues a long and venerable debate in the history of the Christian church regarding the legacy of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great. Constantine revisited: leithart, yoder, and the constantin ian debate. The one major drawback to the book's Kindle edition at least viewed with Kindle Paperwhite touch screen is that the footnote numbers embedded in text connect not with the footnotes but with the dictionary. Leithart published a widely read polemic, Defending Constantine, that vigorously refuted this interpretation. This collection of essays continues a long and venerable debate in the history of the Christian church regarding the legacy of the Roman emperor Constantine the Great.

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