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Introduction: Writing People, Writing Religion

Todd S. Berzon

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520284265
eISBN:
9780520959880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284265.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This introductory chapter explains that Christian theology—and a belief in the fundamental unity of the human species—was the foundation of European ethnology and ethnography. Shrouded in the ... More


Comparing Theologies and Comparing Peoples: The Customs, Doctrines, and Dispositions of the Heretics

Todd S. Berzon

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520284265
eISBN:
9780520959880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284265.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter looks at the ethnographic microcosms of the heretics as recounted in the heresiologists' polemical writings. It examines the heresiologists' description of heretical customs and habits, ... More


The Infinity of Continuity: Epiphanius of Salamis and the Limits of the Ethnographic Disposition

Todd S. Berzon

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520284265
eISBN:
9780520959880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284265.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter focuses on the ethnographic and epistemological limitations of Epiphanius' Panarion. Organizing the heretical world forces the heresiologists, like various classical ethnographers before ... More


Epilogue: The Legacy of Heresiology

Todd S. Berzon

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520284265
eISBN:
9780520959880
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520284265.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This concluding chapter explains that heresiology was an endeavor created not simply through competition—as much between heretics and heresiologists as among the heresiologists themselves—but through ... More


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