Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition

Paperback | March 1, 1986

byHenry Chadwick

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The historian of western culture cannot travel far without discovering that the roots of many twentieth-century questions lie in the ancient dialogue between the early Christians and culture of the old classical world. This book takes three Christian thinkers: Justin, clement of Alexandria,and Origen, and shows what the debate looked like from the Christian side. It draws on the pagan critics of the church to illustrate the case the Christians had to answer. The examination of the Christian synthesis illustrates the extent to which penetrating criticism of the classical traditionwas combined with a profound acceptance of its humanism.

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The historian of western culture cannot travel far without discovering that the roots of many twentieth-century questions lie in the ancient dialogue between the early Christians and culture of the old classical world. This book takes three Christian thinkers: Justin, clement of Alexandria,and Origen, and shows what the debate looked ...

Henry Chadwick is at Cambridge University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:182 pages, 7.28 × 4.92 × 0.59 inPublished:March 1, 1986Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198266731

ISBN - 13:9780198266730

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`silkful characterizations and brilliant exposition which one finds everywhere'Journal of Theological Studies