Christianity and the discovery of religious freedom

With its broad spectrum of cults and coexisting religions Graeco-Roman antiquity seems, at first glance, to be the embodiment of religious freedom. Yet, a closer analysis shows that a concept of tolerance or the idea of 
With its broad spectrum of cults and coexisting religions Graeco-Roman antiquity seems, at first glance, to be the embodiment of religious freedom. Yet, a closer analysis shows that a concept of tolerance or the idea of religious freedom did not exist. Political institutions could easily suppress religious practices that were regarded as offensive. Fighting against the oppression of Christians appears to have increased under the influence of oecumenical paganism during the reign of the Severans. In this time, the Christian thinkerTertullian discovered and articulated the concept of religious freedom. However, he did not do so emphatically and the concept was not very successful in antiquity. With the Christianization of the Roman Empire it disappeared soon, although its rediscovery in later epochs contributed heavily to the formation of the European norm of religious freedom.
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Author:Hartmut Leppin
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-452155
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.12946/rg22/062-078
ISSN:1619-4993
Parent Title (Multiple):Rechtsgeschichte = Legal history
Publisher:Klostermann
Place of publication:Frankfurt, M.
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of Completion:2014
Year of first Publication:2014
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2017/12/14
Volume:22
Pagenumber:19
First Page:62
Last Page:78
Note:
Dieser Beitrag steht unter einer Creative Commons cc-by-nc-nd 3.0
HeBIS PPN:426119363
Institutes:Geschichtswissenschaften
Exzellenzcluster Die Herausbildung normativer Ordnungen
Sonderforschungsbereiche / Forschungskollegs
Dewey Decimal Classification:930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0

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