Christianity and the Secular
Paperback | 9780268034917 | February 2006
Hardcover | 9780268034900 | February 2006
eBook (EPUB) | 9780268162030 | February 2006
The history of Christianity has been marked by tension between ideas of sacred and secular, their shifting balance, and their conflict. In Christianity and the Secular, Robert A. Markus examines the place of the secular in Christianity, locating the origins of the concept in the New Testament and early Christianity and describing its emergence as a problem for Christianity following the recognition of Christianity as an established religion, then the officially enforced religion, of the Roman Empire.
Robert Markus, who died on December 8th, 2010, was Professor of Medieval History at Nottingham between 1974 and 1982, and subsequently professor emeritus. Robert was an extremely influential scholar who helped to create the concept of Late Antiquity. He was especially known for this work on Augustine of Hippo and Gregory the Great. From his many works, two books will be known to all students of the period: The End of Ancient Christianity (1990) and Gregory the Great and his World (1997).
“Markus interweaves his discussion of late antiquity with current debates about the relationship of the Church and the world, showing vividly that the questions of culture and inculturation, of the right relationship with the world, of the secular, secularization, and desecularization, with which the Church currently grapples, are not new. Markus’s interpretation of Augustine will no doubt find detractors, but he shows persuasively that Augustine’s thinking has much to contribute to current debates.” Theology ~Theology