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Religious Prejudice and Bacchantic Worship in Greek Literature

Marika Rauhala

the divine could be interpreted as a challenge to the established order. Even though religious rivalry did not mean competition between different cults over the souls of worshippers, various religious figures and quarters repeatedly struggled, either to secure for themselves a position of authority or

J.H. Chajes

of spirit possession arose for reasons analogous to those which fueled the proliferation in Christian Europe. These include inter-religious rivalry, efforts to reform the religiosity of the masses, and efforts to enhance and strengthen clerical authority. Moreover, the idiom of possession served to

Chaniotis, A., Corsten, T., Stroud, R.S. and Tybout, R.A.

⇐ PreviousBrowse ⇑Next ⇒ Entry P.Harland, in L.E.Vaage (ed.), Religious Rivalries in the Early Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity (Waterloo 2006) 21-49, examines the epigraphic evidence for small socio-religious groups and associations in Roman Asia (35-49) to challenge previous models of

Chaniotis, A., Corsten, T., Papazarkadas, N. and Tybout, R.A.

⇐ PreviousBrowse ⇑Next ⇒ Entry P.A.Harland, Dynamics of Identity -- (cf. SEG 59 1947) 145-160 [previously published in R.S.Ascough (ed.), Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna (Waterloo, Ontario 2005) 53-63 (with 259-262)], gives an overview of associations

Chaniotis, A., Corsten, T., Stroud, R.S. and Tybout, R.A.

⇐ PreviousBrowse ⇑Next ⇒ Entry Based mainly on epigraphic evidence, P.A.Harland, in R.S.Ascough (ed.), Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna (Waterloo 2005) 53-63 and 259-262, examines social and religious interactions among associations with an emphasis on Sardis

Kasa'i, Nurollah and Umar, Suheyl

religious rivalries and sectarian rifts over the createdness (khalq) of the Qurʾān and during the period of the miḥna, which resulted in confiscation of their property, persecution and death. The following were famous for their outstanding works of scholarship and for their religious and social eminence:

Scott Levi

(r. 1313-41) of the Golden Horde, the Mamluk Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad (1310-41), and the Ilkhan Abu Sa‘id (r. 1317-35). She fi nds that this period is defi ned by offi cial rapproche- ment, religious rivalry, ceremonial displays largely having to do with the pilgrimage, and regional ideology. Th e

Discipline, Coercion, and Correction

Augustine against the Violence of the Donatists in Epistula 185

Geoffrey D. Dunn

condemn the Donatists, when both groups could seem to have been behaving in nearly identical fashion.
 In terms of the levels of intensity of religious rivalry in late antiquity, as outlined by the participants of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies seminars, Augustine’s portrayal of Donatism here


Catherine Cornille

accusations of religious hegemony and power? These challenges have been critically addressed by Hugh Nicholson in his Comparative Theology and the Problem of Religious Rivalry . Arguing that religious identity is itself formed through the creation of false binary oppositions, he suggests that distorted

Callie Callon

: University of Chicago Press, 2005), p. 23. 
 5  See, for example, such early apologists as Tertullian and Justin Martyr who, in a context of religious rivalry and being disdained by their contemporaries, maintained Christianity’s moral and theological superiority. 
 6  See Page duBois, Slavery: Antiquity