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Against the Christians

The Rise of Early Anti-Christian Polemic- Second Printing

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Jeffrey W. Hargis

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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Index Abraham, 65 Adam, 75 Aemilianus, 66 Against the Christians. See Porphyry, Against the Christians Against the Galileans. See Julian, Against the Galileans Alexander the Great, 126 Alexander Severus, 65, 71 Alexandria, 19, 23,63-66,100 allegory, 101, 115 Ammianus, 102 anthropomorphism, 101, 114, 117 Antioch, 67, 92, 110 Antiochus Epiphanes, 69 antiquity, as cultural value, 7, 74-75, 108, 110, 123 Antonine dynasty, 18 Apollo, 39, 87, 99, 132 apologetic, 4, 14, 17, 22-23, 75-77, 115; and Christian morality, 42- 43; and pagan gods, 5, 44--46, 49; and similarity to paganism, 3, 44--46 apostasy, 111; from Judaism, 59, 108, 111, 122; from paganism, 59, 108, 111 Apuleius, 56-57, 83 Asclepius, 6, 44-46, 49, 60, 83, 125, 133 assimilation, rhetoric of. See rhetorical strategy Athanassiadi-Fowden, Polymnia, 93 atheism, atheists, 5, 13-14, 130, 135 Athenagoras, 14 Athens,2~65,85, 101 Augustan History, 65, 87 Augustine, 74, 77-78, 88, 138 Augustus (Caesar), 76, 89, 97 Augustus (imperial office), 92, 94- 96 Aurelian, 67-68, 82-83, 89, 94, 100 Balkans, 95 barbarians, 34, 53, 65, 111 Basil, 101 Bible. See scriptures Bithynia, 9 Bosporus, 96 boundaries, rhetorical, 2-4, 48, 50, 60-61,90,107,127,129-132 Britain, 94 Byzantium, 97 cannibalism, 12-14, 17, 22, 43, 60, 63-64, 130 Caesar (imperial office), 13, 92, 94- 95 Caesarea (Cappadocia), 99 Cameron, Averil, 7, 131 Caracalla, 83 Carpus, 12 Carthage, 17, 23, 65 Celsus, 1,17-64,65-66,72,86,93- 94, 106-107, 109-110, 131-133; and the Bible, 74; date of his work, 20-24, 135; as an informed critic,...

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