By Johannes Roldanus
The Church within the Age of Constantine presents a polished theological screening of the doctrinal and moral pondering in the course of the fourth century. concerning biblical necessities to old cosmology and anthropology, Roldanus makes use of the idea that of ‘contextualisation’ to understand this strategy. He makes transparent that, although a lot the profitable positions have been depending on the interfering of the nation, the theological mirrored image went however its right manner, conditioned because it was once by way of a number of understandings of salvation-in-Christ. there has been a normal predicament to narrate salvation to crucial components of the prevailing tradition. supplying types for mirrored image on inculturation, this examine is helping scholars to target the necessities and to shape and unprejudiced opinion in this an important interval of heritage.
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44 The cultural ‘landscape’ to which this acculturation process had led was just as much a given context for the missionary religion as was Christianity. For the ongoing interpretation of Christ’s person and work it meant that different cultural and religious backgrounds resulted in hopes of salvation with speciﬁc accents. During the third century, three distinctive hopes show their inﬂuence upon the development of theological thought. As we said above with regard to Clement and Origen (see p. 19), Alexandria had preserved Greek culture in its purest form: here the classic philosophical views of humankind and cosmos were not only passed on, but also developed further.
Diocletian had already installed an army comrade in the west, Maximian, who like himself bore the title of Augustus. But in 293 each half of the Empire was again subdivided into two parts, one of which was placed under a Caesar. The ﬁrst two Caesars were obliged to divorce from their wives in order to marry a daughter of their respective Augustus and so to become his committed son-in-law. At the end of the twelve years, both Augusti would retire and have their Caesar promoted to this rank; two new Caesars would be installed.
The anointment following the act of immersion is supposed to impart the gift of the Holy Spirit who stimulates human reason by enlightenment and strengthens the will by his force. The best contribution of the Christians themselves is to be moderate and in control of their affections. To Justin Martyr (d. 155), Stoa and Platonism seemed to hold some congeniality with Christian convictions: the ﬁrst in ethics, the latter in systematic respects. In Alexandria, Clement (c. 150–c. 215) regarded philosophy as a divine gift to man and used it in order to explain the faith of the Christian community and to supplement this with some philosophical ideas.
The Church in the Age of Constantine: The Theological Challenges by Johannes Roldanus