In Defense of Constantine

From the April 2001 Print Edition

Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance. By H. A. Drake Johns Hopkins University Press. 609 pp. $68 The Making of a Christian Empire: Lactantius and Rome By Elizabeth DePalma Digeser Cornell University Press. 199 pp. $39.95 The ritual pronouncement of anathemas against . . . . Continue Reading »

A Vanishing World

From the October 1998 Print Edition

From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the Middle East By William Dalrymple Henry Holt. 483 pp. $30 At the end of the sixth century a monk from Palestine by the name of John Moschos set out from the flourishing monastic world in the Judean desert east of Jerusalem to visit the . . . . Continue Reading »

Lifted to Glory

From the October 1995 Print Edition

The Resurrection of the Body in Western Christianity, 200-1336 By Caroline Walker Bynum Columbia University Press. 368 pages, $29.95 In canto fourteen of the Paradiso , Dante writes, When, glorified and sanctified, the flesh is once again our dress, our persons shall in being all complete, please . . . . Continue Reading »

No Other Gods

From the November 1993 Print Edition

One of the lessons read at the Easter vigil is the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. It is a good story, told well and not without irony. Each year when it is read I can hardly conceal a smile as the author lists (and not just once) the titles of the king’s . . . . Continue Reading »