By George Kalantzis

ISBN-10: 149821245X

ISBN-13: 9781498212458

ISBN-10: 1608992535

ISBN-13: 9781608992539

during the to be had patristic writings "Caesar and the Lamb" makes a speciality of the attitudes of the earliest Christians on battle and armed forces carrier. Kalantzis not just presents the reader with many new translations of pre-Constantinian texts, he additionally tells the tale of the fight of the earliest Church, the groups of Christ on the margins of energy and society, to endure witness to the countries that enveloped them as they reworked the dominant narratives of citizenship, loyalty, freedom, energy, and control.

Although Kalantzis examines writings on warfare and army provider within the first 3 centuries of the Christian Church in an equipped demeanour, the methods earliest Christians considered themselves and the nation are usually not offered right here throughout the lens of antiquarian interest. With theological sensitivity and historic acumen this better half leads the reader into the realm during which Christianity arose and asks questions of the earlier that aid us comprehend the early personality of the Christian religion with the desire that such an firm also will support us overview its expression in our personal time.

“Kalantzis’s abilities as a historian shine during this amazing, illuminating background. yet his narration is far greater than a superb historic survey; it's also a profound engagement with the theological and moral purposes on why this background concerns. Historians, theologians, ethicists, and an individual drawn to getting to know the witness of the early church are in his debt for such cautious paintings. Any destiny dialogue at the early church’s reaction to warfare, and the Constantinian shift that happened, needs to now go through "Caesar and the Lamb", or be missed as incomplete.”
—D. Stephen lengthy, Professor of Systematic Theology, Marquette University

“'Caesar and the Lamb' is an excellent number of pertinent voices from the early church on struggle and armed forces provider that may be of curiosity to laity, scholars, and students. however it can also be even more than this. Kalantzis brings new perception to those texts together with his wonderful creation, putting the dialog in its right context of identities, worldviews, and methods of existence. the result's a suite with miraculous and fresh relevance today.”
—Daniel M. Bell, Jr., Professor of Theology and Ethics, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

“Caesar and the Lamb bargains a important deepening of our figuring out, not just of early Christian teachings and practices relating to violence, but in addition the social-cultural-religious practices of the Roman Empire and the Roman army. This booklet includes either a necessary number of the first Christian texts and a considerable interpretive dialogue. an important addition to a growing to be Christian library of assets in this serious issue.”
—David P. Gushee, Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University

“In this cautious presentation of the facts for early Christian attitudes and practices surrounding battle and armed forces provider, George Kalantzis questions the notions that objections to army provider have been narrowly spiritual in a latest feel, or that nonviolence was once the minority opinion of the church’s highbrow elite. . . . Kalantzis makes no claims concerning the relevance of the traditional Christian knowing for contemporary believers, however the problem to the modern church may be obvious.”
—L. Edward Phillips, affiliate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Emory University

George Kalantzis is affiliate Professor of Theology at Wheaton university the place he additionally directs The Wheaton middle for Early Christian experiences. He focuses on fourth- and fifth-century ancient theology, and has written generally on Theodore of Mopsuestia, Cyril, and the Nestorian controversy. His has lately co-edited "The Sovereignty of God Debate" (Cascade 2009), "Life within the Spirit: non secular Formation in Theological viewpoint" (2010), and "Evangelicals and the Early Church: restoration, Reform, Renewal" (Cascade 2011).

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