The Divine Sense: The Intellect In Patristic Theology by A. N. WilliamsThe Divine Sense: The Intellect In Patristic Theology by A. N. Williams

The Divine Sense: The Intellect In Patristic Theology

byA. N. Williams

Hardcover | March 5, 2007

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 671 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


A. N. Williams examines the conception of the intellect in patristic theology from its beginnings in the work of the Apostolic Fathers to Augustine and Cassian in the early fifth century. The patristic notion of intellect emerges from its systematic relations to other components of theology: the relation of human mind to the body and the will; the relation of the human to the divine intellect; of human reason to divine revelation and secular philosophy; and from the use of the intellect in both theological reflection and spiritual contemplation. The patristic conception of that intellect is therefore important for the way it signals the character of early Christian theology as both systematic and contemplative and as such, distinctive in its approach from secular philosophies of its time and modern Christian theology.
Dr Anna N. Williams is Lecturer in Patristic and Medieval Theology at the University of Cambridge. She is author of The Ground of Union: Deification in Aquinas and Palamas (1999).
Title:The Divine Sense: The Intellect In Patristic TheologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:364 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:March 5, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521793173

ISBN - 13:9780521793179


Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The dawn of Christian theology; 2. Early Alexandrians: Clement and Origen; 3. Cappadocian theology: Nazianzen and Nyssen; 4. Augustine; 5. Monastic writings; Epilogue.

Editorial Reviews

"Williams writes in a refreshingly direct style...Her own voice rarely intrudes in the body of the text, but when it does, she offers acute judgments and nice insights." --Carl N. Still, St. Thomas More College