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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: 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
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2010 22:04
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 01:37
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/574

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