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The Transformation of Early Christianity free pdf When Christianity came into the world it found a number of different political theories already in existence. These various conflicting concepts- Hebrew, Greek and Roman, influenced Christianity in varying degrees and in varying degrees were influenced by Christianity. Christianity as such added no new ideas to the current stock of political notions. The Hebrew Christian retained his Jewish theory- as did the Greek and the Roman in perhaps a less degree. The development of the Christian conception of the state, the Church, and history generally is a process of elimination, selection, adaptation, and synthesis of the various elements of political theory current in contemporary Hebrew and pagan thought. The characteristic modern separation of Church and State, the divorce between religion and government, existed as a matter of fact in early Christianity. But it was forced upon the Christians by the historical situation. As an idea it was foreign alike to Jews and Christians, Greeks and Romans. It was contrary to the whole body of contemporary political theory. The union of Church and State in the Fourth century, which has been so deplored by many modern historians and moralists was in reality perfectly inevitable. The social mind of the whole ancient world made any other course impossible either to Christians or Pagans once Christianity had developed to the point where it was the most powerful religious force in society. The theocratic nature of Jewish thought and practice is generally recognized but the close connection of religion and government in the pagan educational system is not perhaps so much emphasized. To quote Pollock: "It costs us something to realize the full importance of philosophy to the Greek or Roman citizen who had received a liberal education. For him it combined in one whole body of doctrine all the authority and influence which nowadays are divided, not without contention, by science, philosophy, and religion in varying shares. It was not an intellectual exercise or special study, but a serious endeavor to gather up the results of all human knowledge in their most general form, and make them available for the practical conduct of life."

About Lyford Patterson Edwards

Dr. Lyford Paterson Edwards, professor emeritus of sociology at Bard College was one of the nation's first sociology professors. Dr. Edwards, who was an ordained Episcopal clergyman, taught at Bard, at Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., from 1919, when it was known as St. Stephen's College, until he retired in 1947. He had one of the first doctorates in sociology, and the social science department he established at St. Stephen's is believed to have been the first in the country. Dr. Edwards was the author of ''Transformation of Early Christianity'' and ''The Natural History of Revolution.'' He also wrote many articles for magazines and professional journals. Dr. Edwards died in 1984 at the age of 102.

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Author : Lyford Patterson Edwards
Publisher : Createspace
Data Published : 12 March 2015
ISBN : 1508831475
EAN : 9781508831471
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 114 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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