My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book is a collection of politely critical responses to Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine, along with a brief reply by Leithart at the end. The reviewers are all sympathetic to Leithart’s target, John Howard Yoder.
The two responses that really stood out were Alan Kreider’s challenge on the grounds of ancient church teachings and practices regarding catechesis, baptism, and military service and D. Stephen Long’s systematic application of Yoder’s principles from Christian Witness to the State. William Cavanaugh’s chapter is also interesting, though somewhat more theologically liberal than I expected. The rest of the selections were interesting but not nearly as good.