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32—Julian, the Apostate Who Aped the Church

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 27, 2021 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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There’s no anti-Christian like an ex-Christian, and there was no figure in antiquity like the Emperor Julian. He promoted the return of paganism as the official religion of the Roman Empire. But it was a strange paganism, modeled on the Christian Church. Julian began by making it difficult for Christians to work in professions like education, law, and military. His methods were mostly bloodless. He knew that martyrs made Christianity strong. It was better he thought, to marginalize believers, neutralizing their influence, pushing them out of public life.


Julian the Apostate, Against the Galileans

Julian the Apostate, Oration upon the Sovereign Sun

Gregory Nazianzen, “Oration 4: First Invective Against Julian”

Adrian Murdoch, The Last Pagan: Julian the Apostate and the Death of the Ancient World

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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