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The Soteriology of Leo the Great$
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Bernard Green

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534951

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534951.001.0001

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Salvation and Civic Christianity

Salvation and Civic Christianity

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(p.61) 3 Salvation and Civic Christianity
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The Soteriology of Leo the Great
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Bernard Green

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534951.003.0003

Leo preached to a city in which the process of Christianization was effectively complete; he therefore had to describe Christianity in terms that made it accessible to the ordinary citizen. The style and content of his sermons were intended to show that Christianity did not subvert civic values but rather made the Christian a better citizen and Rome a greater city. This was influenced by Augustine's account of Christ the Mediator mediating justice to the body of the elect, and through them, to the world but Leo offered a different account of predestination.

Keywords:   Rome, Christianization, Augustine of Hippo, sermons, predestination

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