Cyprian the Bishop / Edition 1

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Overview

This is the first up-to-date, accessible study on the rule of Cyprian as the Bishop of Carthage in the 250s AD. It controversially shows that Cyprian radically enforced the primary emphasis on the unity of the church, interpreting loyalty in the community as fidelity to Christ.
It uses cultural anthropology to examine the impact of Cyprian's policy during the Decian persecution. Cyprian attempted to steer the middle ground between compromise and traditionalism and succeeded by defining the boundary between the empire and the church.
J. Patout Burns Jr. concentrates on social structures to reveal the logic of Cyprian's plan, the basis for its success in his time, and why it later failed. This book will be of great interest to classicists, ancient historians and sociologists as well as theologians.

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'The book is well-written and refreshingly candid about Cyprian's views, without ever seeking to belittle them. It will probably be the standard introduction to his thought for some time to come, and will help to shape the next generation's perception of the important legacy of the North African church.' -Churchman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415238502
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/31/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Patout Burns Jr. is Edward A Malloy Professor of Catholic Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of The Development of Augustine's Doctrine of Operative Grace, and the editor of Theological Anthropology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
1 History of Cyprian's controversies 1
2 Christians of Carthage under persecution 12
3 Necessity of repentance 25
4 Efficacy of the reconciliation ritual 51
5 Indivisibility of the church 78
6 Initiation into unity 100
7 Purity of the church 132
8 Unity of the episcopate 151
9 Cyprian's African heritage 166
Notes 177
Bibliography 233
Index 235
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