Dialogue and Conservative Religious Thought

Tertullian’s Discourse on the Tension between Christianity and the Roman Empire

對話與保守的護教思想 – – 特土良論述基督教與 羅馬帝國的關係及其張力

In: Journal of Chinese Theology
倪 步曉 Associate Director of Christianity & Chinese Culture Research Centre, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Alliance Bible Seminary (現任香港建道神學院基督教與中國文化研究中心副主任,兼任助理教授。) Hongkong China

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This paper explores the dynamic interplay between Christianity and the Roman Empire as articulated by Tertullian, a prominent figure in early Christian theology. Tertullian delves into the complex relationship between the burgeoning Christian faith and the established structures of the Roman Empire, highlighting the inherent tension between the two. Central to his analysis is the concept of dialogue, wherein Tertullian examines how Christians engage with the broader Roman society while maintaining their distinct religious identity. Furthermore, he discusses the conservative nature of Christian thought, emphasizing the preservation of core beliefs amidst external pressures. This paper provides insights into Tertullian’s perspective on the delicate balance between dialogue and the preservation of Christian values within the context of the Roman Empire.



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