Philosophy In Christian Antiquity by Christopher SteadPhilosophy In Christian Antiquity by Christopher Stead

Philosophy In Christian Antiquity

byChristopher Stead

Paperback | January 27, 1995

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Christianity began as a little-known Jewish sect, but rose within 300 years to dominate the civilized world. It owed its rise in part to inspired moral leadership, but also to its success in assimilating, criticizing and developing the philosophies of the day. This book, which is written for nonspecialist readers, provides a concise conspectus of the emergence of philosophy among the Greeks, an account of its continuance in early Christian times, and its influence on early Christian thought, especially in formulating the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation.
Title:Philosophy In Christian AntiquityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:January 27, 1995Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521469554

ISBN - 13:9780521469555


Table of Contents

Foreword; List of abbreviations; Part I. The Philosophical Background; 1. From the beginnings to Socrates; 2. Socrates and the Platonic forms; 3. The philosophy of Plato's maturity; 4. Aristotle; 5. Epicurus and the Stoics; 6. The Middle Platonists and Philo of Alexandria; 7. The philosophy of late antiquity; Part II. The Use of Philosophy in Christian Theology: 8. The debate about Christian philosophy; 9. Greek and Hebrew conceptions of God; 10. Proofs of God's existence; 11. God as simple, unchanging being; 12. How God is described; 13. Logos and Spirit; 14. Unity of substance; 15. Substance and persons; 16. Christ as God and man; 17. Two natures united; PART III. Augustine: 18. Philosophy, faith and knowledge; 19. Freedom and goodness; Bibliography; Indexes.

From Our Editors

In the ancient world 'philosophy' included all branches of higher learning except mathematics and medicine. It was the keystone of a university education; and it helped to change the Christian Church from an obscure Jewish sect into a worldwide civilizing force. This book gives a brief, lucid and systematic account of its origin among the Greeks and its transforming influence on Christian thought. Based on up-to-date scholarship, but requiring no specialist knowledge, it aims at theological penetration supported by accurate logic.

Editorial Reviews

"...Stead's work has always stood out for its conceptual rigor and nuanced understanding of classical philosophy." John Peter Kenney, Journal of Religion