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By Peter Sarris, Matthew Dal Santo, Phil Booth

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The papers accumulated during this quantity discover the options by which Christian professionals during the early medieval international either validated and expressed their social place, whereas whilst drawing realization to the moments while those self same techniques have been resisted and challenged. the place past stories of Christianisation have for the main half approached the problem of dissent throughout the endured life of paganism and some of the Christian heresies, this quantity means that the adventure of doubt in the direction of, and articulation of resistance to, the claims of Christian leaders prolonged a long way outdoor the circles of pagan intellectuals and dissident theologians. the result's a view of Christianisation as way more piecemeal, complicated and incomplete than has usually been acknowledged.Contributors comprise Peter Turner, Peter Kritzinger, Collin Garbarino, Philip wooden, Ralph Lee, Richard Payne, Mike Humphreys, Giorgia Vocino, and Gerda Heydemann.

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A person in the fourth century might believe in principle that saints existed, led extraordinary lives and continued to intervene after death in the affairs of the living; however, he might also doubt a particular report of a recent miracle or post-mortem healing, and doubt for any number of reasons: because there were too many such stories floating around, because the reputation of the saint concerned was controversial, because he had never seen such an event himself. (In this sense, the situation differs from the more theologically sophisticated, and politically pregnant debates about the cult of saints in late sixth-century Byzantium described by Matt Dal Santo in his contribution to this volume).

C. Fredouille (Paris, 1993), 285–303. 43 Julian, Letter to the Athenians 284 b–d in Fragmentum Epistulae, Iuliani Imperatoris quae supersunt, ed. C. Hertlein, vol. 1 (Leipzig, 1876) and trans. C. Wright, Julian: Works, II (London/New York 1913, repr. 1969), 281–283. 42 26 peter turner the case of Proclus, his defence rests on a principle of spontaneity: the proof of Zeus’ hand in events, Julian asks us to believe, is his genuine unwillingness to accept the diadem, indeed his ignorance of the very possibility.

And trans. P. Régerat (Paris, 1991). 7. 27 Porphyry, De Vita Plotini et Ordine Librorum Eius 23, ed. H. Armstrong, in Plotinus vol. , London/New York, 1966, repr. 1995); Iamblichus, De Vita Pythagorica Liber, passim; Eunapius, Lives 462, 498, 501; Damascius, Vitae Isidori Reliquiae 116e, ed. P. Athanassiadi (Athens, 1999). 13–74 ed. A. de Vogüé, 3 vols. (Paris, 1964). 29 ‘Il n’y a pas de miracle sans un précédent biblique . . ce que Dieu a accompli, il sources of spiritual truthfulness in late antique texts 19 command – for example, Ezekiel lying on his right side for forty days and on his left for one hundred – also necessarily lacked a precedent when they were first performed.

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