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Christianity and nationalism in the first centuries of the history of the church

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This chapter discusses relationship between "Christianity and nationalism" in early Church history. The Jewish scholar, Klausner, in his two great works devoted to the emergence and early development of Christianity raises the question why the Jews rejected Christianity despite the many Jewish elements both in Jesus and in Paul, he replies that it could not have been otherwise, if they wished to remain in being as a nation. In his book The Early Church and the World Cadoux pointed out that the problem of nationalism only arose for Christians when faced with the people of Israel, because there alone among the nations of the Roman empire could a strong nationalistic feeling be found. Outside Israel and Christendom, the 'nations' were lumped together in a homogeneous mass whose inner distinctions and conflicts had little or no significance for the Christian mind.

Keywords: Cadoux; Christianity; Church; Israel; Klausner; nationalism; Roman empire



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