CONSTANTINE: The Miracle of the Flaming Cross by Frank G. Slaughter

CONSTANTINE: The Miracle of the Flaming Cross

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is the first book in Dr. Slaughter's new series of dramatized biographies called The Pathway of Faith. In Constantine is witnessed the first Christian ruler of the Roman Empire, who brought about the Nicene Creed, a confession of faith formulated and decreed by the First Council of Nicea, 325 A.D. Many readers will be half-way through this book before they discover they aren't reading a novel but a stitching together of several hundred incidents with no big scenes. The romantic aspect of Constantine's accession to the rule of empire is depicted in the activities of his hellcat wife, Fausta. Many of Constantine's errors are laid to her machinations. The movement of Constantine over the face of Europe and Asia Minor is his character; but psychologically, his personality is considerably less interesting than Julius Caesar's, Alexander's or Napoleon's. He had a hand for politics but was essentially a soldier, and many consider his acceptance of Christ as merely adventitious. Dr. Slaughter keeps a tight rein on fancy, and Constantine emerges as an admirable but colorless man.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1965
Publisher: Doubleday