The Making of Orthodoxy: Essays in Honour of Henry Chadwick by Rowan Williams

By Rowan Williams

This quantity of essays honours Henry Chadwick, one of the best and best-known of English students of early Christianity. The essays, written via a number of the major theologians and church historians within the English-speaking global, talk about diverse features of ways Christianity built norms and criteria in its educating, the way it got here to have - and to implement - a definition of orthodoxy and heresy. it's a number of basic paintings by way of across the world known specialists. It covers problems with orthodoxy from the 1st correct as much as the 6th century, and its wide-ranging surveys of centrally very important fabric in early Christianity will locate extensive allure between students and scholars of outdated and New Testaments, medieval historical past and patristics.

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But it is not quite the atmosphere suggested by Bauer, of the skilful manipulation by a single powerful church of the increasingly dependent relations to it of other churches. 48 It is an atmosphere which manifests something of the nature of the origins of local Christian communities in mission: they are planted or established by non-local agencies and so take on not only a defacto foreignness in their context, as 'resident aliens', 49 but also a sense of belonging to and with parent groups or personalities (or groups representing and identifying with personalities —' Pauline' and 'Johannine' churches) elsewhere.

17 Its identity as a developed system of thought, to which non-monastics may adhere, ' taking refuge' in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha, rests, as this formula implies, on the central fact of the repudiation of caste society in the name not of an alternative ' social programme' (the Sangha could coexist with brahminical society) but of the vision of a way of salvation. The detail of early Buddhist theory is often obscure: it emerges as a practice of radical detachment, social and personal, and its clarity and definition as a religious phenomenon is to be found in the social reality of those performing such a practice.

The well-known 'Epitaph of Avircius' records what seems to have been a journey made almost entirely for the sake of seeing the life of distant churches. 51 Though not interchangeability of ministries; the canons of Nicaea are typical in their hostility to the exercise of presbyteral or diaconal ministry outside the jurisdiction of the ordaining bishop or his successor. 5 2 R. Wilken, ' Diversity and Unity in Early Christianity', The Second Century, 1 (1981), 101—10, helpfully summarizes many of the factors briefly touched on here.

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