Eusebius of Caesarea's Imperial Theology and the Politics of the Iconoclastic Controversy

Author: Bas, Bilal
Year:2013
Pages:376
ISBN:0-7734-4476-9
978-0-7734-4476-8
Price:239.95
The Byzantine Iconoclastic controversy (ca. 726-843) was a debate over the legitimacy of the liturgical use of images. It had important political and theological implications, which modern scholarship generally tends to treat unconnectedly. The work explicates the relationship between the political and theological dimensions of the controversy.

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“Dr. Ba? presents the reader with an interpretation of the iconoclastic controversy that is clear, thorough and original. His work contributes not only to our understanding of an episode in the history of the church; it demonstrates the methodological richness of political theology.”
Prof. John Simons McGill University

“Dr. Ba? provides a comprehensive approach to the political and theological implications of the iconoclastic controversy.”
Prof. Maurice Boutin University of Munich, Germany

Table of Contents

Foreword
Author’s Preface
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Chronology
Introduction
Chapter One: Eusebius of Caesarea’s Imperial Theology and the Iconoclastic Controversy
Tricennial Orations
Summary
Chapter Two: Eusebian Paradigm for Church-Empire Relations
The Politico-Theological Problem of Church-Empire Relations
The Divine Roles of the Church and the Roman Empire in the Eusebian Salvation History