Events for Oct. 24, 2013

Paula Fredriksen - Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory

Thu, October 24, 2013

University of Ottawa, Simard Hall, Room 125

Time: 4pm-5:30pm

Title: Paul, Practical Pluralism, and the Invention of Religious Persecution in Roman Antiquity

Abstract: In antiquity, gods and their humans formed family groups. What we think of as “religion” – relations between heaven and earth, between humans and the divine – thus corresponded closely to ethnicity: Romans worshiped Roman gods, Egyptians worshiped Egyptian gods, Hellenes worshiped Greek gods, Jews worshiped the Jewish god.  People (Jews included) generally found ways to show respect to other gods while maintaining primary allegiance to their own god. The Empire, in brief, accommodated and indeed embraced great ...

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