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Constantinian Era
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In every discussion of the Church in history, the age of Constantine takes pride of place, less in view of a possible division of Church history into periods than in an attempt to assess this encounter of Church and State initiated by the Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337), which determined to some extent the outward form of the Christian Church for centuries, and perhaps still does. The “age of Constantine” is a historical category which has become a judgment of value — mostly negative; hence the various meanings of the expression.

If we are to be consistent, the analogy of the “age o…

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Peter Stockmeier, “Constantinian Era”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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