By John D. Roth
In 2010, Peter J. Leithart released a broadly learn polemic, Defending Constantine, that vigorously refuted this interpretation. instead, Leithart provided a thoroughgoing rehabilitation of Constantine and his legacy, whereas directing a rhetorical fusillade opposed to the pacifist theology and ethics of the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder.
The essays amassed the following in keeping with Leithart replicate the insights of 11 major theologians, historians, and ethicists from quite a lot of theological traditions. They interact essentially the most contentious concerns in Christian church heritage in irenic model and on the maximum point of scholarship. In so doing, they assist make sure that the “Constantinian Debate” will stay full of life, major, and consequential.
“Does Constantine’s ‘baptism’ of Rome suggest the autumn of Christianity, or is it the version to keep on with this present day? Polemical writing frequently produces extra warmth than mild. yet to Leithart’s nice credits, Defending Constantine has ended in a Yoderian rejoinder that's either nuanced and insightful. Constantine Revisited makes transparent the potential for charitable discussion in regards to the implications of the confession that the church is the real polis created by way of God in Jesus Christ.”
—Hans Boersma, Regent College
“A splendidly insightful publication on what Yoder means—and doesn't mean—by Constantinianism. It’s now not approximately Constantine, yet idolatry within the fusion of church and nation and the lack of the gospel imaginative and prescient. Yoder’s argument can be responded by means of diagnosing how Christians rightly witness to the kingdom, or wrongly supply their challenge over to the kingdom. . . . nice fact, nice perception here.”
—Glen Stassen, Fuller Theological Seminary
“This is what an educational dispute may still glance like—passionate, wide-ranging, respectful, and outstanding. John Roth and his individuals aid all of us—in church buildings, the academy, and in better society—see what’s at stake in how Christians comprehend their courting with the paradoxical determine and period of Constantine. faraway from being a stale debate approximately instances and matters gone, it is a important and demanding exploration of an important value to modern issues and viewpoints on each side of the numerous concerns concerned. this is often a simple booklet to suggest with enthusiasm.”
—Michael L. Budde, DePaul University
John D. Roth is Professor of historical past at Goshen collage, the place he additionally serves as editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review and director of the Mennonite historic Library. he's the writer of diverse books and articles on matters relating to the unconventional Reformation and modern Anabaptist and Mennonite theology, together with Teaching that Transforms: Why Anabaptist-Mennonite schooling Matters (2011).
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