By Aaron P. Johnson
Eusebius' magisterial Praeparatio Evangelica (written someday among advert 313 and 324) deals an apologetic defence of Christianity within the face of Greek accusations of irrationality and impiety. even though brimming with the quotations of different (often misplaced) Greek authors, the paintings is ruled by means of a transparent and sustained argument. opposed to the tendency to work out the Praeparatio as basically an anthology of alternative resources or a defence of monotheistic faith opposed to paganism, Aaron P. Johnson seeks to understand Eusebius' contribution to the discourses of Christian identification by means of investigating the buildings of ethnic id (especially Greek) on the center of his paintings. research of his `ethnic argumentation' shows a mode of protecting Christianity through construing its rivals as traditionally rooted international locations, whose position within the narrative of global heritage serves to undermine the legitimacy in their claims to historic knowledge and piety.
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Extra info for Ethnicity and Argument in Eusebius' Praeparatio Evangelica
Smith’s The Ethnic Origins of Nations, presents six characteristics of ethnic identity that distinguish it from other forms of group identity: a collective name; a common myth of descent; a shared history; a distinctive shared culture; 3 Contrary to Connor’s attempt at ordering the multiplicity of uses, J. A. Armstrong, Nations Before Nationalism (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1981), 6, claims there is no ‘purely deWnitional way of distinguishing ethnicity from other types of identity’.
Hutchinson and A. D. Smith (eds), Ethnicity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), 168–73; A. Dawisha, ‘Nation and Nationalism: Historical Antecedents to Contemporary Debates’, International Studies Review 4 (2002), 3–22. For criticisms of the civic/ethnic distinction, see M. Billig, Banal Nationalism (London: Sage, 1995), 47–8; A. D. Smith, The Antiquity of Nations, 42. 32 Ethnicity and Argument The model of the ‘ethnic nation’ exhibits an important feature of the discourse on nations and ethnic groups today.
Laurin, Eusebius’ erudition is ‘the most powerful 53 F. J. Foakes-Jackson, Eusebius Pamphili, Bishop of Caesarea in Palestine and First Christian Historian: A Study of the Man and His Writings (Cambridge: HeVers, 1933), 122. , 128. 219. 56 For the percentage, see Laurin, Orientations maitresses des apologistes chre´tiens, Analecta Gregoriana 61 (Rome: PontiWcia Universita Gregoriana, 1954), 358. 57 E. Schwartz: ‘the great archivist of the early Church’ (‘Eusebios’, 1371). 58 G. Bounoure, ‘Euse`be citateur de Diodore’, REG 95 (1982), 438.