Debate and Dialogue – Contents

Debate and Dialogue – Christian Rhetorical Strategies against Pagans in the Roman West, c. 380-430, Ashgate 2007.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER 1
INTRODUCTION
Demarcation of Boundaries and the Problem of incerti
Polemic and Polarization

CHAPTER 2
CONSTRUCTING AND DECONSTRUCTING DICHOTOMIES
Between the Darkness and the Light
Naming the otherness
The Birth of Paganism
Dichotomous Presuppositions and Grey Areas
Subversions
Incerti on-the-move
Divided Loyalties or the Necessity of Choice?
Leading a Double Life
Opportunists and Turncoats – Attitudes towards incerti
Feigned Conversions and ’Cryptopagans’
The two Cities
Interwovenness and Separation

CHAPTER 3
DEBATE, POLEMIC AND DIALOGUE
Identity and Otherness
The Rhetoric of Boundaries
Debate, Polemic and otherness
Argumentation
Dialogue and otherness
Dialogue and Mission
Conversion
Between the Old and the New
Wretched Christians and good pagans
Big fish

CHAPTER 4
RELIGIO AND SUPERSTITIO
The Boundaries of religio
Relocating the Boundaries
Paganism becomes superstitio
Continuity and Change
Paganism, superstitio and Magic

CHAPTER 5
CEREMONIES OF LIGHT AND DARK
Corrupt and Shameful Rituals
Unclean Purificatory Rites
Public versus Private
Acts of Sacrifice
Blood versus Spirit
Pompa diaboli – Condemning Spectacles
The Grey Area of Urban Festivals
Redefining Content and Boundaries

CHAPTER 6
GODS AND DEMONS

6.I ONE AND MANY
Ignobilis turba deorum – the Multitude of Gods
Between Monotheism and Polytheism
Shared Premises and Monotheistic Tendencies
The Paradox of Monotheism

6.II GODS
The Gods of the Civic Religion
Deceased Humans
Anthropomorphic Gods and Suffering Saviours
The Depraved Gods
Inadequate Gods and Empty Idols
Signa and the Threat of Idols

6.III DEMONS
From Gods to Demons
Divine Miracles and Demonic Magic
Associates – Angels and Demons
The Creator and the Creation
One God, one Emperor, one Empire

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