Classifying Christians: Ethnography, Heresiology, and the Limits of Knowledge in Late Antiquity

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Univ of California Press, Feb 23, 2016 - Religion - 320 pages
Classifying Christians investigates late antique Christian heresiologies as ethnographies that catalogued and detailed the origins, rituals, doctrines, and customs of the heretics in explicitly polemical and theological terms. Oscillating between ancient ethnographic evidence and contemporary ethnographic writing, Todd S. Berzon argues that late antique heresiology shares an underlying logic with classical ethnography in the ancient Mediterranean world. By providing an account of heresiological writing from the second to fifth century, Classifying Christians embeds heresiology within the historical development of imperial forms of knowledge that have shaped western culture from antiquity to the present.
 

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Contents

Writing People Writing Religion
1
Doctrines and Dispositions of the Heretics
58
Heretical Models of Human
98
Paradigms of Heresiological Knowledge
127
The Rhetoric of Heresiological Inquiry
156
Epiphanius of Salamis and the Limits
186
Transcribing and Traversing Heresy
218
The Legacy of Heresiology
247
Bibliography
259
Index
285
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Todd S. Berzon is Assistant Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College.

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