February 21, 2017

Ambrose (The Early Church Fathers) by Boniface Ramsey

By Boniface Ramsey

St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan from 374 to 397, was once the most vital figures of the fourth century Roman empire. This quantity explores the large effect of Ambrose on Western civilization, and examines the complexity of his rules and impact; as a poet, ascetic, mystic and flesh presser. Ambrose combines an updated account of his existence and paintings, with translations of key writings. Ramsey's quantity offers a entire and available perception right into a fairly unexplored personality and argues that Ambrose has prompted the Western international in methods as but unrealized.

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As we learn from Paulinus (11), this did not happen without incident. The Arian population was vociferous in its demand for an Arian bishop, and it was encouraged by the Empress Justina, about whom more will soon be said. While Ambrose was in the cathedral facing the throng, an Arian virgin suddenly rushed upon him in a bizarre attempt to drag him to the section of the church reserved for women, where he would be beaten and driven from 23 INTRODUCTION the building. Ambrose, it turned out, was master of the situation, and the worst did not occur.

In the latter half of March Ambrose convoked a synod of the bishops of the locality who apparently offered him the support that he needed to continue to resist the court. Very soon after, an imperial 27 INTRODUCTION official named Dalmatius approached Ambrose with an order from Valentinian to appear at court in order to debate with Auxentius, an Arian bishop (not to be confused with the Arian bishop of the same name whom Ambrose had succeeded in Milan) who had recently taken up residence in the imperial household.

Here you have someone at hand, here you have someone who is confessing his guilt. I declare that I burned down the synagogue. In any event I ordered them to do it lest there be some place where Christ was denied. 8) These words and many more of the same tone, which put Ambrose in the worst possible light, apparently persuaded Theodosius to back down at least on his insistence that the bishop rebuild the synagogue. More persuasion was to follow. A further letter to Marcellina, some of the details of which are taken up by Paulinus in his biography (cf.

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