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The Emergence of Christian Theology - Eric Osborn

The Emergence of Christian Theology

Hardcover Published: 30th April 1993
ISBN: 9780521430784
Number Of Pages: 356

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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 new light on the growth of the European intellectual tradition.

One God: questions and opposition
The One and the Mind
The Bible as the material of theology
One God as Cause and Father
The unity of all things in Christ
One God in a new way: by the Son and Spirit
One Good
One Mind, Truth, and Logic
Conclusion
Appendices
Select Bibliography
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ISBN: 9780521430784
ISBN-10: 052143078X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 356
Published: 30th April 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.6