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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.Read more
- A major appraisal of the theology of the second-century Christian thinker, Tertullian
- Tertullian has often been misquoted and misused, but he now calls for sustained analysis and interpretation
- Brings to life Tertullian's lively personality and style, and exposes both his creativity and his insecurity
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"Osborn has written what is quite simply the best introduction to the thought of Tertullian in any language." T. D. Barnes, Theological StudiesSee more reviews
"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
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- Date Published: December 2003
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521524957
- length: 308 pages
- dimensions: 216 x 142 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.39kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Simplicity and perfection: end and beginning
2. The puzzle: Athens and Jerusalem
3. The paradox: credible because inept
4. Strife of opposites and faith as recognition
5. Antithesis in one God: against Marcion
6. Trinity and christology: against praxeas
7. Prayer and the Bible
8. Mankind's two natures and a sordid church
9. Argument and humour: Hermogenes and the Valentinians
10. Promise of laughter, judgment of hell
11. Ethics of conflict
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