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Empires of FaithThe Fall of Rome to the Rise of Islam, 500-700$
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Peter Sarris

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261260.001.0001

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Religion and Society in the Age of Gregory the Great

Religion and Society in the Age of Gregory the Great

(p.205) 6 Religion and Society in the Age of Gregory the Great
Empires of Faith

Peter Sarris

Oxford University Press

This chapter opens by analysing the appeal of imperial (or ‘Catholic’) Christianity to post-Roman rulers and the role of Catholic Christianity in incorporating such rulers into a broader political and ideological culture strongly influenced by Constantinople. Emphasis is placed on the development of Christian teaching and doctrine, the cult of the saints, monasticism, and the Christianisation of concepts of gender and sexuality. The chapter closes by revealing elements of resistance and scepticism to Christian teachings, and the survival of secular traditions and modes of thought.

Keywords:   Christianity, conversion, Gregory the Great, Bishops, Saints, holy men, scepticism, orthodoxy, heresy

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