The Emergence of Christian Theology
By (author) Eric Osborn
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Emergence of Christian Theology by Eric Osborn
Book DescriptionThere are special times of movement in the history of ideas, and one such time - as the author of this study shows - was the second half of the second century, when Christian thought showed fresh vigour. By concentrating on five seminal Christian thinkers of the second century (Justin, Athenegoras, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Tertullian), Eric Osborn illustrates how it was that Christianity made monotheism axiomatic to its central doctrinal claims while adapting, too, to the peculiar circumstances in which it developed. The stimulus for new thought came from the objections of the state, philosophers, Jews, Gnostics, and Marcion, who in different ways denied the Christian claim to faith in one God. In response, Christian thinkers argued for one God who was the first principle of being, goodness, and truth. In its presentation of the lively beginning which brought Christianity and classical thought together, this book casts light on the growth of the European intellectual tradition.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521022323
(216mm x 138mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Eric Osborn
Beginning of Christian Philosophy, Paperback (January 2009)
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Ethical Patterns in Early Christian Thought, Paperback (January 2009)
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Clement of Alexandria, Paperback (January 2008)
A comprehensive study of how Clement of Alexandria's writings fused Christianity and classical culture.
Irenaeus of Lyons, Paperback (July 2005)» View all books by Eric Osborn
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