Christian Origins: Theology, Rhetoric and Community [NOOK Book]

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Christian Origins is an exploration of the historical course and nature of early Christian theology, which concentrates on setting it within particular traditions or sets of traditions.
In the three sections of the volume, Reading Origen, Reading the Fourth Century and Christian Origins in the Western Traditions, the contributors reconsider classic themes and texts in the light of the existing traditions of interpretation. They offer critiques of early Christian ideas and texts ...
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Christian Origins: Theology, Rhetoric and Community

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Overview

Christian Origins is an exploration of the historical course and nature of early Christian theology, which concentrates on setting it within particular traditions or sets of traditions.
In the three sections of the volume, Reading Origen, Reading the Fourth Century and Christian Origins in the Western Traditions, the contributors reconsider classic themes and texts in the light of the existing traditions of interpretation. They offer critiques of early Christian ideas and texts and they consider the structure and origins of standard modern readings of these ideas and texts. The contributors employ a variety of methodological approaches to analyse the interplay between ancient philosophical traditions and the development of Christian thought and to redefine the parameters between the previously accepted divisions in the traditions of Christian theology and thought.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135095116
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 232
  • File size: 468 KB

Meet the Author

Lewis Ayres is Lecturer in Christian doctrine at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the editor of The Trinity: Classical and Contemporary Readings (Oxford 1997) and The Passionate Intellect: Essays on the Transformation of Classical Traditions (New Brunswick NJ 1995) and the forthcoming Augustine's Trinitarian Theology.
Gareth Jones is Lecturer in Systematic Theology at the University of Birmingham. He is critically acclaimed as one of the front rank of contemporary theologians and he has written widely on systematic and modern theology, including Critical Theology: Questions of Truth and Mind (Polity Press 1995).

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction: a project in the study of Christian origins 1
2 Christ or Plato? Origen on revelation and anthropology 11
3 Allegorical reading and the embodiment of the soul in Origen 26
4 The fourth century as trinitarian canon 47
5 The dog that did not bark: doctrine and patriarchal authority in the conflict between Theophilus of Alexandria and John Chrysostom of Constantinople 68
6 Gregory of Nyssa: the force of identity 94
7 Constantine, Nicaea and the 'fall' of the Church 117
8 Denys and Aquinas: antimodern cold and postmodern hot 139
9 Ascending numbers: Augustine's De musica and the Western tradition 185
Index 216
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