Against the Christians
The Rise of Early Anti-Christian Polemic- Second Printing
©2002 Monographs 172 Pages
Series: Patristic Studies, Volume 1
Against the Christians examines the anti-Christian polemic works of Celsus, Porphyry, and Julian the Apostate. The first book to analyze the phenomenon of early anti-Christian literature in depth, it chooses the critics' objection to Christian exclusivism as its starting point. The evolution in the polemic, from a rhetoric of radical distinction to one of «rhetorical assimilation,» reveals a sophisticated attempt to expose contradictions and inconsistencies within Christianity, while at the same time reflecting the process of fusion between Christianity and the culture of late antiquity.
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- 1999 (November)
- Porphyry Celsus Julian the Apostate
- New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 1999, 2001. 172 pp.