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Constantine and Religious Extremism

Hal. L. Drake

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

For a good two centuries, Constantine scholarship has revolved around a single question: "Was he a sincere convert to Christianity?" Answers to this question have been based on the assumption that commitment to Christianity is best demonstrated by a display of intolerance to other forms of belief. The aim of this lecture is to turn study of Constantine away from what has been basically a theological approach and apply of the tools of public policy analysis to the study of his reign.

H. A. Drake is Research Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he specializes in social and political issues related to the Christianization of the Roman Empire in late antiquity. Drake's writings include studies of political theology and religious violence. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Annenberg Research Institute. He is the author of Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance (Hopkins, 2000) and The Orations of Constantine and Eusebius, Eusebius’ Werke 1:2 (GCS, forthcoming).

 


Milam Auditorium (campus map)
Corvallis
OR
Free
Robert Peckyno
541-737-8560
robert.peckyno at oregonstate.edu
School of History, Philosophy, and Religion
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