Master of Arts (MA)
Religion & Culture / Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts
Since its rediscovery in the last century, the Apocriticus of Macarius Magnes has been dismissed as a worthless apology. Scholars generally agreed that the value of the work was not in the Christian apology, but rather in the pagan point of view it preserves. This thesis is an analysis of the arguments from a historico-cultural perspective, particularly from the perspectives of rhetorical argument, allegorical interpretation, and Christian theology. The thesis then attempts to demonstrate that when understood in its proper historical context the apology is a substantial contribution to the Christian apologetic tradition and vehicle to understanding the Christian—pagan conflict of its time.
Sheehy, Benedict C., "The arguments of the Apocriticus a re-evaluation of the apology of macarius magnes" (1989). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 101.