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Pauline Allen (Australian Catholic University) with Bronwen Neil (Macquarie University), Wendy Mayer (Australian Lutheran College), and Chris de Wet (South Africa), have been awarded an ARC Discovery Project Grant for 2017-2019. The project is titled ‘Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (200-650 CE)’. It examines the evidence for competing utopian ideologies in early Christianity, which was a prelude to the later clash with Islam from the seventh century onward. Evidence from pagan-Jewish-Christian conflicts in Late Antiquity (300-650 CE) shows that violent destruction of the past is not exclusive to fringe religious groups. These past conflicts are relevant for understanding the conflict in the Middle East, precisely because analysis of the sources shows that, in intra- and inter-religious conflicts in Late Antiquity in this same geographic region, violent destruction of the past was a propensity in mainstream religion, not exclusive to fringe religious groups.

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11th Annual Conference of Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society was held in Melbourne on 22-24 September 2017. The theme was Responses to Conflict in Early Christianity.

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