The Church in Europe
The Church Shaping Empires, Empires Shaping the Church
This is a mosaic in the southwestern entrance of Hagia Sophia, the great cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in Constantinople, now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The virgin Mary sits with child Jesus in the center. To their left is the Emperor Constantine presenting a model of the city to them. To their right is the Emperor Justinian presenting a model of the Hagia Sophia. This symbolizes how temporal power bowed to Jesus, influencing law, cities, architecture, and art. Photo credit: Unknown, Public Domain.
the church in europe: the church shaping empires, empires shaping the church
The selection of perspectives on church history in this section has been guided by three factors: (1) to demonstrate that Christianity has not been a “white man’s religion”; (2) the study of empire as a recurring motif in Scripture by recent biblical studies scholars; and (3) explorations of biblical Christian ethics on issues of power and polity, to understand how Christians were faithful to Christ or not. Christian relational ethics continues a Christian theological anthropology that began with reflection on the human nature of Jesus, and the human experience of biblical Israel.