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By Lucy Shoe Meritt

A chronicle of the second one 50 years within the lifetime of the yank institution (originally based in 1881). Conceived as a better half quantity to Louis Lord's 1947 background of the 1st part century, the textual content outlines the actions of the college either in Greece and within the usa, starting with an soaking up account of the affairs of the varsity in the course of global warfare II and carrying on with during the Centennial in 1981, with chapters at the summer season consultation, the School's excavations, its courses, and the Gennadeion. The vast appendixes contain lists of all of the Trustees, Cooperating associations, individuals of the handling Committee, employees, fellows, and participants of the varsity due to the fact its inception in 1881, and upload tremendously to the usefulness of this quantity. The author's first-hand wisdom of the folk and occasions of the interval mentioned contributes materially to its intensity and aspect.

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The performance of religious duties is by no means a side issue, but a main political concern of any emperor. A second similarity is the abandonment of religious unity: plural worship may even be better, since it will address and oblige ‘whatever godhead there may be’. This is a renewed utterance of the idea that religious plurality is less dangerous than the existence of a cult vacuum. A difference is the more generous granting of freedom: instead of tolerance for the Christians, the observation of their religion – we shall see later what this meant in Constantine’s opinion – ‘should in no way be made impossible for anyone’.

If we look next to the Declaration of Milan of Constantine and his fresh brother-in-law Licinius, we are struck by some similarities in arguing, but should note the differences as well. Concerned – as they say – with public welfare and security in the broadest sense, we thought that of all Crisis and recognition 33 questions related to the benefit of the majority, that of the veneration of the godhead most urgently needs a new arrangement. We should grant all, the Christians as well as all the others, the freedom and possibility to adhere to the religion of their choice, in order that whatever godhead there may be on the heavenly throne may be placated and act propitiously towards Us and all who belong to the empire.

When Tertullian was defending the Christians and their behaviour, he explained why they were so determined to refrain from religious ceremonies and popular feasts. As soon as he addressed his fellow believers, he often criticised their laxity. There was indeed a gap between standards and practice, and this became a big problem in the Church of the third century, when systematic persecutions caused a lot of apostasies and put the strict discipline in respect of mortal sin under heavy pressure. Community leaders tried to keep up the moral standards in order that the Christian identity would be safeguarded.

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