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The Ancient Limits of Modern Religion: Perpetua, Augustine and the Contruction of the Secular

McGowan, Andrew B. (2010) The Ancient Limits of Modern Religion: Perpetua, Augustine and the Contruction of the Secular. Pacifica, 23 (3). pp. 267-280. ISSN 1030-570X

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    Abstract

    The martyr Perpetua’s declaration, “I am a Christian”, is a pointof departure for the invention of religion in the familiar sense of beliefsand practices chosen, rather than as the ritual and piety characteristic of,and universal in, ancient Mediterranean societies. By implication thismeans the appearance of the secular also. This study explores earlyChristian evidence from Perpetua and Tertullian and, after the Constan-tinian revolution, Augustine. This history of reflection on the relationship between belief and identity has interpretive significance for the changingcharacter of religion, and of the secular, in Australian society today

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Perpetua, 'first century religion in Rome', Augustine of Hippo, Secular, social identity, religious identity, civic duty
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Church History
    Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
    Depositing User: Cate Headey
    Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2010 08:04
    Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 11:37
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/574

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