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Tertullian, First Theologian of the West - Eric Osborn

Tertullian, First Theologian of the West


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Tertullian was the first Western Christian to write theology, defending Christians against the hostility of the Roman state, as well as arguing against Marcion, Praxeas and theosophical fantasy. A complex thinker, Tertullian has, in the modern era, been rejected by both liberal Christianity and its secular critics. For a long time misquoted and misused, he now calls for sustained analysis and interpretation. This book offers a major reappraisal of his theology and its influence on the shape of the Western Christian tradition.

"Osborn has written what is quite simply the best introduction to the thought of Tertullian in any language." T. D. Barnes, Theological Studies "This highly readable and comprehensive work is a model of how historical theology should be done." Commonwealth "This is a book to be read, to ponder, and to order for college, university, and seminary library." David P. Efroymson, Journal of Early Christian Studies "With this work on Tertullian, E. Osborn makes a welcome addition to his earlier studies on Justin Martyr and Clement of Alexandria, as well as his others books on the development of early Christian theology, philosophy and moral thought." John Behr, St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly "...Osborn creates a welcome 'comic relief' from, and a very humane perspective upon, the high seriousness of his subject by a light but pervasive humor." Church History

Simplicity and perfection: end and beginning
The puzzle: Athens and Jerusalem
The paradox: credible because inept
Strife of opposites and faith as recognition
Antithesis in one God: against Marcion
Trinity and christology: against praxeas
Prayer and the Bible
Mankind's two natures and a sordid church
Argument and humour: Hermogenes and the Valentinians
Promise of laughter, judgment of hell
Ethics of conflict
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ISBN: 9780521590358
ISBN-10: 0521590353
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 3rd July 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.54