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Gruesome Deaths and Celibate Lives: Christian Martyrs and Ascetics

Hartney, Aideen M.

ISBN 10: 1904675425 / ISBN 13: 9781904675426
Published by Bristol Phoenix Press, 2005
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140 pages, 8 2/5 x 5 2/5. This work is about the early Christian faithful who seized the attention of their community. This they achieved by either their readiness in persecution to die for their faith as martys or by extravagant efforts to subsume their physical desires and needs to spiritual ends as ascetics. BRAND NEW BOOK, NEVER USED OR READ. Clean & tight. A very nice new copyt. Bookseller Inventory # 0004525

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Title: Gruesome Deaths and Celibate Lives: ...

Publisher: Bristol Phoenix Press

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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From the ranks of the early Christian faithful emerged colourful personalities who seized the imagination and held the attention of the rest of their community. This they achieved either by their readiness in times of persecution to die for their faith as martyrs or by their sometimes extravagant efforts to subsume their physical desires and needs to spiritual ends as ascetics. Their actions not only inspired contemporaries; they played a key role in the development of the Christian faith and the organisation of the Church. Intriguing in themselves because of their often extreme behaviour, they remain venerated figures in the Christian tradition.This book provides a short introduction to these remarkable figures and the thinking behind their actions. It places them in their historical and cultural context, making them accessible to all readers, whether they approach the subject from a sociological, historical or theological standpoint. At the same time it offers a clear portrait of the period and its impact on subsequent Roman society and on the Church.By avoiding both the triumphalist approach of Christian commentators and the negative position of those who disapprove of the way in which the Church developed, Hartney's account offers a rounded picture, adding depth by reference to some of the theological complexities involved.

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Aideen M. Hartney studied at University College Dublin and the University of Liverpool. She has taught in the University of Bristol and is author of Transformation of the City: the Preaching of John Chrysostom (2003).

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