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Philosophy in Christian Antiquity - Revd Christopher Stead

Philosophy in Christian Antiquity

Paperback Published: 23rd January 1995
ISBN: 9780521469555
Number Of Pages: 276

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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, which offered rationally approved lifestyles and moral directives. Without abandoning their allegiance to their founder and to Holy Scripture, Christians could therefore present their faith as a 'new philosophy'. This book, which is written for non-specialist 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; and finally a brief critical assessment of the philosophy of St. Augustine - arguably the greates philosopher of the first millennium.

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"Stead's exposition is lucid and nontechnical, drawing on a remarkable breadth of historical knowledge." Choice "...Stead's work has always stood out for its conceptual rigor and nuanced understanding of classical philosophy." John Peter Kenney, Journal of Religion

List of abbreviations
The Philosophical Background
From the beginnings to Socrates
Socrates and the Platonic forms
The philosophy of Plato's maturity
Epicurus and the Stoics
The Middle Platonists and Philo of Alexandria
The philosophy of late antiquity
The Use of Philosophy in Christian Theology
The debate about Christian philosophy
Greek and Hebrew conceptions of God
Proofs of God's existence
God as simple, unchanging being
How God is described
Logos and Spirit
Unity of substance
Substance and persons
Christ as God and man
Two natures united
Philosophy, faith and knowledge
Freedom and goodness
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ISBN: 9780521469555
ISBN-10: 0521469554
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 23rd January 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.44 x 13.74  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.32

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