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"There isn't any crime if you have Christ," claimed a fifth-century zealot, smartly expressing the assumption of non secular extremists that righteous zeal for God trumps worldly legislation. This ebook presents an in-depth and penetrating examine spiritual violence and the attitudes that drove it within the Christian Roman Empire of the fourth and 5th centuries, a special interval formed by means of the wedding of Christian ideology and Roman imperial energy. Drawing jointly fabrics spanning a large chronological and geographical variety, Gaddis asks what spiritual clash intended to these concerned, either perpetrators and sufferers, and the way violence used to be skilled, represented, justified, or contested. His cutting edge research unearths how a number of teams hired the language of spiritual violence to build their very own identities, to undermine the legitimacy in their competitors, and to increase themselves within the aggressive and high-stakes technique of Christianizing the Roman Empire.

Gaddis pursues case reviews and subject matters together with martyrdom and persecution, the Donatist controversy and different sectarian conflicts, zealous clergymen' attacks on pagan temples, the tyrannical habit of strong bishops, and the intrigues of church councils. as well as illuminating a middle factor of past due antiquity, this booklet additionally sheds gentle on thematic and comparative dimensions of spiritual violence in different instances, together with our own.

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