The cultural and religious history from Antiquity through the Renaissance may be read through the lens of the rise and demise of auctoritates. Throughout this long period of about two millennia, many historical persons have been considered as exceptionally authoritative. Obviously, this authority derived from their personal achievements. But one does not become an authority on one's own. In many cases, the way an authority's achievements were received and disseminated by their contemporaries and later generations, was the determining factor in the construction of their authority. This volume focuses on the latter aspect: what are the mechanisms and strategies by which participants in intellectual life at large have shaped the authority of historical persons? On what basis, why and how were some persons singled out above their peers as exceptional auctoritates and by which processes did this continue (or discontinue) over time? What imposed geographical or other limits on the development and expansion of a person's auctoritas? Which circumstances led to the disintegration of the authority of persons previously considered to be authoritative? The case-studies in this volume reflect the dazzling variety of trajectories, concerns, actors and factors that contributed over a time span of two millennia to the fashioning of the postmortem and lasting authority of historical persons.
A Discourse Pronounced Upon The Inauguration Of The Author, As Dane Professor Of Law In Harvard University, On The Twenty-fifth Day Of August, 1829
This book, "A discourse pronounced upon the inauguration of the author, as Dane Professor of Law in Harvard University, on the twenty-fifth day of August, 1829," by Joseph Story, is a replication of a book originally published before 1829. It has been restored by human beings, page by page, so that you may enjoy it in a form as close to the original as possible.
The rapidly approaching end of the age is witnessing a tremendous increase in the activity of the powers of darkness. These conditions are reacting strongly upon the great ministry of the Church of Christ. No longer are these concerned about the lost souls which wander in darkness; their thought is centered on raising their social status and meeting their intellectual and physical needs. They seek, in their own jargon, to "build a better world," but the world they envision is one without a Saviour. There are few subjects relating to the Christian life concerning which there is so little exact knowledge as that of the Authority of the Believer. This is not because such authority is the property only of a few elect souls. On the contrary, it is the possession of every true child of God. It is one of the "all things received in Christ. Its reception dates from the soul's contact with Calvary. John MacMillan was a Canadian Presbyterian businessman who became involved with ministry to Chinese and Jewish people in Toronto. Ordained at the age of 49, MacMillan and his wife traveled to China as missionaries with The Christian and Missionary Alliance. He later became field director of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in the Philippines.
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