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Philosophy in Christian Antiquity

Philosophy in Christian Antiquity


  • Date Published: November 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521469555

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  • Christianity began as a little-known Jewish sect, but rose within 300 years to dominate the civilised world. It owed its rise in part to inspired moral leadership, but also to its success in assimilating, criticising and developing the philosophies of the day, which offered rationally approved life-styles 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 greatest philosopher of the first millennium.

    • Fills a real gap in the market by providing for non-specialists a lucid and non-technical account of major Greek and Christian thinkers
    • A very senior and well-established author
    • Based on the most up-to-date research, with select bibliographies for further reading
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521469555
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Part I. The Philosophical Background
    1. From the beginnings to Socrates
    2. Socrates and the Platonic forms
    3. The philosophy of Plato's maturity
    4. Aristotle
    5. Epicurus and the Stoics
    6. The Middle Platonists and Philo of Alexandria
    7. The philosophy of late antiquity
    Part II. The Use of Philosophy in Christian Theology:
    8. The debate about Christian philosophy
    9. Greek and Hebrew conceptions of God
    10. Proofs of God's existence
    11. God as simple, unchanging being
    12. How God is described
    13. Logos and Spirit
    14. Unity of substance
    15. Substance and persons
    16. Christ as God and man
    17. Two natures united
    PART III. Augustine:
    18. Philosophy, faith and knowledge
    19. Freedom and goodness

  • Author

    Christopher Stead

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