St. James’ Sunday Study Group Lectures
December 15 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Imperial Politics and Religion
Lecture # 13
Dec. 15, 2019 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
In the first part of the course, we saw how Christianity, beginning as an inauspicious sect of Judaism, grew—despite hostility and persecution— into a significant player in the larger world, with strong internal organization, an empire-wide system of communication, and an increasing confidence in both its moral and intellectual superiority. We now take a major turn in the course, just as Christianity took a major turn in the 4th century. From this point forward, it will be difficult to disentangle Christianity as a religious phenomenon from its role in the political order. In this lecture, we will see how the persecuted Christian cult became the established religion of the Roman Empire.