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Marinos Diamantides and Anton Schütz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697762

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697762.001.0001

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From Jerusalem to Rome via Constantinople

From Jerusalem to Rome via Constantinople

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(p.117) 6 From Jerusalem to Rome via Constantinople
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Political Theology
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Marinos Diamantides

Anton Schütz

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697762.003.0006

The globalisation of the Western-Christian institutional order in its manifest legal aspects, but not necessarily of its latent religious aspects, puts a supplement of importance onto the need of grasping its genesis. The most decisive note is located — or so we argue — in unfolding the classical division between polis and politics on the one hand, and the household and the art of handling it (management or oikonomia) on the other, in Christian times. These divides delivered the blueprint for the divide that would differentiate, over more than a millennium, the public power of the Roman Empire in its Eastern and Western re-embodiments from that of the Church. We also refer, by way of contrast, to the pre-Christian biblical model of the divide. Further, by contrast to Giorgio Agamben, we specify that while the today thoroughly studied occidental West, availing of a simplified trinitarian creed, instituted legitimate public power as subject to on-going conflictual competition between the so-called ‘two powers’, the still much less studied East struggled to preserve the unity, or as the Byzantines called it, 'symphony', of the Whole in line with its (original) version of Trinitarianism.

Keywords:   Western-Christian, nation-state, ethno-religion

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