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Reading: Theology as Academic Discourse in Greco-Roman Late Antiquity

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Theology as Academic Discourse in Greco-Roman Late Antiquity

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Josef Lössl

Cardiff University, GB
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Cardiff University, School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Department of Religious Studies and Theology
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Following conventional wisdom Theology as an academic discipline (taught at Universities) is something which developed only in the Middle Ages, or in a certain sense even as late as the 19th century. The present essay in contrast traces its origins to Classical Antiquity and outlines its development in early Christianity, especially with a view to institutions of higher education that existed in Late Antiquity, e. g. in rhetoric and philosophy. It concludes that there were forms of academic theological discourse in Late Antiquity which were to become the basis of later developments in the discipline.
How to Cite: Lössl, J., 2016. Theology as Academic Discourse in Greco-Roman Late Antiquity. Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture, 10, pp.38–72. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2016.10116
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Published on 11 Dec 2016.
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