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Before ReligionA History of a Modern Concept$
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Brent Nongbri

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300154160

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300154160.001.0001

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Christians and “Others” in the Premodern Era

Christians and “Others” in the Premodern Era

(p.65) Four Christians and “Others” in the Premodern Era
Before Religion

Brent Nongbri

Yale University Press

This chapter investigates the three instances of Christian interaction with what modern scholarship has labeled “other religions.” It focuses first on Eusebius's heresiological take on history. The second is when John of Damascus, a Christian monk, set a precedent by classifying the followers of Muhammad not as members of a separate religion but as Christian heretics. The third and final instance focuses on the tale of the two Christian saints Barlaam and Ioasaph, who were long thought to have been written by John of Damascus.

Keywords:   religion, Christian interaction, Christian heretics, John of Damascus, Muhammad, Eusebius

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