The Emergence of Christian Theology
There 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...
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There 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.
Eric Osborn is honorary Professor in History, La Trobe University and Professor Fellow in Classics, University of Melbourne. His most recent publications include Irenaeus of Lyons (2001).
- 1. One God: Questions And Opposition
- 2. The One And The Mind
- 3. The Bible As The Material Of Theology
- 4. One God As Cause And Father
- 5. The Unity Of All Things In Christ
- 6. One God In A New Way: By The Son And Spirit
- 7. One Good
- 8. One Mind, Truth, And Logic
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