'God is a Man Eater'

Consumption Rituals and the Creation of Christianity Under Roman Persecution

  • Abby Riehl MacEwan University

Abstract

This article explores the relationship between Christian persecution under Roman authorities in Late Antiquity and the role that consumption rituals played within it. Considering the similarities between condemned pagan and gnostic consumption rituals, which were often accused of being cannibalistic orgies, this paper determines whether comparisons drawn between these condemned rituals and Christian ones had any tangible similarities, or if Roman authorities projected their prejudices and knowledge of pagan rituals onto the Christian in order to justify their continued persecution. 

Published
2019-05-04
How to Cite
Riehl, A. (2019). ’God is a Man Eater’. Constellations, 10(2). https://doi.org/10.29173/cons29382
Section
Religious History