I noticed this a while ago at a local bookstore. I was just wondering if there has been any real Orthodox reaction to this publication? Freeman asserts that Emperor Theodosius actually issued the following degree prior to the Second Ecumenical Council:
We authorize followers of this law to assume the title of orthodox Christians; but as for the others since, in our judgment, they are foolish madmen, we decree that they shall be branded with the ignominious names of heretics.
After the persecution of the heretics began, the Church scrambled to issue a degree that would conform to the imperial edict, as She could not withstand the power of the emperor.
If that's his argument, its a dumb one.
Yes, Theodosios issued that edict. The rest of the edict explicitely states that the Creed of Popes Damasus of Rome and Peter of Alexandria (both Orthodox) is the criteria of the state Creed.
As not being able to withstand the emperor, he should read about what happened when St. Ambrose of Milan (another Orthodox, who had combated the Arians) excommunicated Theodosius.
I haven't read the book yet. It sounds as if there could be a lot of holes in the author's argument, but it does sound like an interesting book.
As anyone on here read it, and if so, any thoughts?
If you have described his arguement acurately, he has only holes, no substance, to his argument. I prefer my fiction straight.