Christianity, private power, and the law from Decius to Constantine: The minimalist view

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Abstract

This essay considers the development in the third and fourth centuries of the idea of a "universal church" and the transition from private power to corporate institutional polity as the basis of authority within the churches, in light of "minimalist revolution" in our understanding of Roman law and government over the last few decades. © 2011 The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-343
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Early Christian Studies
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2011

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