Byzantine Theology after Chalcedon. C onstantinople, the great cultural melting pot, the "New Rome" and capital of the empire, did not produce any real outstanding theologian in the fifth and sixth centuries; but the city witnessed the great theological debates of the day since their conclusion often depended upon imperial sanction.
Chapter 1 As a young man, Okonkwo becomes one of the greatest wrestlers in the clan. Okonkwo values strength and aggression, traits he believes are masculine, and his worst fear is to be thought of as feminine or weak, like his father, Unoka. He treats his family with a heavy hand, believing that the only emotion worth showing is anger.
Okonkwo is particularly worried about his eldest son, Nwoye, in whom he sees signs of laziness reminiscent of Unoka. Okonkwo approves of his influence on Nwoye and grows fond of Ikemefuna himself.
Soon, Ezeudu passes away, and his funeral celebration draws the entire clan. Having killed a fellow clansman, Okonkwo has no choice but to flee the clan with his family.
He plans for the day he can return to his rightful place in Umuofia. While he works in Mbanta, the white men begin to appear among neighboring clans, causing stories to spread about their power and destruction.
When they finally arrive in Mbanta though, the clan is fascinated but finds their religion ridiculous. Nwoye, however, is captivated by the hymn he hears on the first day, and soon joins the Christians to get away from his father, who is outraged.
When Okonkwo finally returns to Umuofia, the white men have changed his clan as well.
Brown, a white missionary who is popular for his patience and understanding approach, has built a school and hospital, and many clan members are enrolling their children in the school so that they can one day become clerks or teachers. Brown leaves the country due to health reasons, and Reverend Smith replaces him.
Reverend Smith is uncompromising, encouraging acts among the converted clan members that provoke the rest of the clan. The clan leaders, including Okonkwo, suffer insults and beatings before they are released once the village pays the fine.
The morning after their release, the clan leaders speak of war before they are interrupted by the arrival of court messengers. Full of hate, Okonkwo confronts the leader, who says that the white man commands the meeting to stop. In a flash, Okonkwo strikes down the messenger with his machete.
Seeing that none of his clansmen support him in his violent action, Okonkwo walks away and hangs himself. The District Commissioner finds this custom interesting, making note of it for his book on Nigeria, which he plans to title The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger.
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