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History, theology and the relevance of the translatio imperii

Cristaudo, Wayne (2013). History, theology and the relevance of the translatio imperii. Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology,116(1):5-18.

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Title History, theology and the relevance of the translatio imperii
Author Cristaudo, Wayne
Journal Name Thesis Eleven: critical theory and historical sociology
Publication Date 2013
Volume Number 116
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0725-5136   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-84879766948
Start Page 5
End Page 18
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract In his Sociology, Rosenstock-Huessy had argued that the translatio imperii was an important, but forgotten, Medieval Christian formulation which grasped that with the Church the aspiration of empire had entered onto a new historical path; the extinction that is the fate of all earthly empires need not be repeated if the powers of human endeavour are incorporated within a spiritual body (Augustine’s ‘heavenly city’) for whom ‘love is stronger than death’. This radical faith in the future has been retained in, and is indeed intrinsic to, the secular Western revolutionary consciousness. This faith also provides the discipline of History with an eschatological mission far beyond merely chronicling of the past. History inevitably shares the same theological and philosophical roots not only of Europe but the entire world. For the ‘world’ we now inhabit is what it is because of the outgrowths of revolutions and world wars that were initiated in Europe.

Keywords Church
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