Constantinople to Chalcedon

Published in 2017, ISBN 978-1-910519-47-9 Sacristy Press
Constantinople to Chalcedon
Shaping the World to Come


The period covered by this book (ad 381–451) is the first in which the church can be said to have exercised a dominant role in political history. For some it is the period in which the church lost its innocence. Yet without the innovations of Constantine and his successors, it is hard for us to imagine what Christianity might have been. Without this time of consolidation and increasing conformity, Europe would not have existed as we now know it—nor, for that matter, would Islam.


  1. Mark Edwards
    posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 4:46 PM

    “The clear and faithful, rapid yet detailed narrative that Patrick
    Whitworth presents here will be equally enjoyable and instructive
    for those who lament the rise of Christendom and for those who
    daily give thanks for it; both will admire the accuracy and candour
    with which he takes us, chapter by chapter, through the political
    convulsions which accompanied each advance in theological
    speculation. ”
    Mark Edwards
    Professor of Early Christian Studies, University of Oxford

  2. Mark Edwards
    posted on Mar 30, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    It is one of Whitworth’s merits to show that the great doctrinal formulae which
    we owe to this epoch were framed with reverent care by men of profound
    conviction; at the same time, we are left in no doubt that the church, then as
    now, was as secular an institution as any other. This book is neither an apology
    nor a polemic, but the real history of real people who were trying to uphold
    eternal truths in a fallen and transitory world.
    Professor Mark Edwards, Christ Church Oxford.

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