Constantine the Populist. / Cooper, Kate.

In: Journal of Early Christian Studies, Vol. 27, No. 2, 26.06.2019, p. 241-270.

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It has long been acknowledged that although the reign of Constantine (d. 337 c.e.) brought new prosperity to the Christian churches, it was also an age of ever-escalating division. This essay suggests that recent scholarship on populism can help us to understand the role of conflict in Constantinian Christianity. Structured conflict, we suggest, had a recognized value as a tool for cultivating the loyalty of a following. The creation of factional loyalty, rather than spiritual unity, seems to have been the aim of the fourth-century Christian bishops and clergy. Yet it is less clear whether this goal was shared by the emperor himself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-270
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Early Christian Studies
Volume27
Issue number2
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Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2019
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