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By Aaron P. Johnson

Eusebius' magisterial Praeparatio Evangelica (written someday among advert 313 and 324) bargains an apologetic defence of Christianity within the face of Greek accusations of irrationality and impiety. even though brimming with the quotations of different (often misplaced) Greek authors, the paintings is ruled through a transparent and sustained argument. opposed to the tendency to work out the Praeparatio as basically an anthology of different assets or a defence of monotheistic faith opposed to paganism, Aaron P. Johnson seeks to understand Eusebius' contribution to the discourses of Christian id by way of investigating the buildings of ethnic id (especially Greek) on the middle of his paintings. research of his `ethnic argumentation' indicates a style of shielding Christianity via construing its competitors as traditionally rooted international locations, whose position within the narrative of worldwide background serves to undermine the legitimacy in their claims to historical knowledge and piety.

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