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Andrew J. Pottenger, M.A. (Nazarene Theological Seminary)

‘Developing Imperial Doctrines of Power in the Rhetoric of Constantine the Great on Internal Ecclesiastical Conflicts'

Andrew began his research in 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Geordan Hammond (NTC) and Dr. Andrew Fear (University of Manchester). His historical research analyses rhetorical aspects in various surviving writings of Constantine to learn how the emperor perceived and responded with imperial power to the internal ecclesiastical problems of schism and heresy. His focus lies between the traditional date of Constantine's conversion in 312 and a few years after the Council of Nicaea in 328 prior to the emperor's encounters with Athanasius.

Andrew has taught for European Nazarene College and NTC. He is a member of the Ecclesiastical History Society and the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. He and his wife, Gina, live in Manchester where Andrew serves as the Postgraduate Assistant for Church History and Theology (NTC). 

Published Article:

'The "Servant of God": Divine Favour and Instrumentality Under Constantine (318-325)' Studies in Church History, Vol. 54, Church and Empire (Cambridge, 2018).

Academic Blog Posts

"The Past is a Foreign Country: Reflections on Travelling and the Study of History," Ecclesiastical History Society