Constantine's life - his career, faith and relationship to the church - raises questions for Christians and for historians that cannot be ignored. Scholars continue to be intrigued with Constantine the man, the influence he wielded over the church and the paradigm that he introduced for church-state relations. Seventeen hundred years after Constantine's victory at Milvian Bridge, Rethinking Constantine reinvigorates the conversation and examines the historical sources that inform our picture of Constantine, the theological developments that occurred in the wake of his rise to power and the aspects of Constantine's legacy that have shaped church history. Rethinking Constantine reassesses our picture of Constantine through careful historical enquiry within the scope of the early Christian period.
Edward L. Smither (PhD, University of Wales, Trinity St David; PhD, University of Pretoria) is Professor of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University, the author of Augustine as Mentor, Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World, and Mission in the Early Church (published by James Clarke & Co).
Abbreviations List of Contributors Introduction -Edward L. Smither 1 From Sinner to Saint? Seeking a Consistent Constantine -Glen L.Thompson 2 Lactantius as Architect of a Constantinian and Christian Victory over the Empire -W. Brian Shelton 3 Rethinking Constantine's Interaction with the North African Donatist Schism -David C. Alexander 4 Reevaluating Constantine's Legacy in Trinitarian Orthodoxy: New Evidence from Eusebius of Caesarea's Commentary on Isaiah -Jonathan J. Armstrong 5 Constantine, Sabbath-Keeping, and Sunday Observance -Paul A. Hartog 6 Did the Rise of Constantine Mean the End of Christian Mission? -Edward L. Smither Epilogue -Bryan M. Litfin Bibliography Index