The Birth of Philosophic Christianity: Studies in Early Christian and Medieval Thought

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In Volume One of Ernest Fortin: Collected Essays, the renowned theologian and political philosopher examines various facets of the unique encounter between biblical religion and Greek philosophy during the early Christian centuries and the Middle Ages. Fortin's aim is to uncover the crucial issues to which this encounter gave rise, such as the sometimes troubling but immensely fruitful tension between divine revelation and philosophic reason. The book includes sections on St. Augustine and the refounding of ...

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Overview

In Volume One of Ernest Fortin: Collected Essays, the renowned theologian and political philosopher examines various facets of the unique encounter between biblical religion and Greek philosophy during the early Christian centuries and the Middle Ages. Fortin's aim is to uncover the crucial issues to which this encounter gave rise, such as the sometimes troubling but immensely fruitful tension between divine revelation and philosophic reason. The book includes sections on St. Augustine and the refounding of Christianity; the encounter between Jerusalem and Athens; the medieval roots of Christian education; and Dante and the politics of Christendom.

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Editorial Reviews

Homiletic and Pastoral Review
If this enlightening Catholic scholar has not yet garnered the credit that is his own due, this collection provides a remedy.
Ralph Lerner
Such deep and wide learning is rare enough. But the cumulative effect of bringing together all these valuable contributions is to let us see something rarer still: the life of a mind that is humane, lucid, and wise.
Rev. Richard John Neuhaus
Ernest Fortin has a place of honor at the table of quiet erudition and uncompromising curiosity where adults try to understand how the world went crazy, and what might be done about it. If we are ever so much more fortunate than we deserve, younger scholars will follow Fortin in what is best described as the path of wisdom.
James V. Schall S.J.
These three volumes are fundamental contributions to the problem of modernity. In his analysis of rights, Catholic social thought, the state, and general questions of justice, Ernest Fortin has penetrated to the core of the misplaced ideologies and enthusiasms that have appeared in religious circles. In addition, Fortin's essays are a direct challenge to, and redirection of, the major trends in political philosophy in the modern era. Few writing in intellectual circles today have Fortin's breadth of interest and profundity of analysis; his grasp of the classics and of modern theory is incomparable. Fortin is one of the few thinkers who take everything into consideration—experience, history, philosophy, revelation, the tradition of reason.
Mary Ann Glendon
Ernest Fortin possesses that rare combination, found only in the greatest thinkers, of both immense learning and a playful intellect. His essays are grounded, but not confined, in tradition; they are scholarly, but not pedantic. They are eloquent testimony to the eros of the mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847682751
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/17/1996
  • Series: Ernest Fortin Series
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest L. Fortin, one of the nation's foremost thinkers in the fields of philosophy and theology, is Professor of Theology at Boston College, and the author and editor of numerous books on ancient and medieval philosophy and religion.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
I St. Augustine and the Refounding of Christianity
1 Augustine and the Hermeneutics of Love: Some Preliminary Considerations 1
2 Augustine and the Problem of Human Goodness 21
3 Augustine's De quantitate animae or the Spiritual Dimensions of Human Existence 41
4 The Patristic Sense of Community 61
5 Augustine and the Problem of Christian Rhetoric 79
6 Reflections on the Proper Way to Read Augustine the Theologian 95
7 A Note on Dawson and St. Augustine 115
II The Encounter between Athens and Jerusalem
8 Clement of Alexandria and the Esoteric Tradition 123
9 Christianity and Hellenism in Basil the Great's Address ad adulescentes 137
10 Basil the Great and the Choice of Hercules: A Note on the Christianization of a Pagan Myth 153
11 The Viri novi of Arnobius and the Conflict Between Faith and Reason in the Early Christian Centuries 169
12 The Definitio Fidei of Chalcedon and Its Philosophical Sources 199
III The Medieval Roots of Christian Education
13 The Paradoxes of Aristotle's Theory of Education in the Light of Recent Controversies 209
14 Gladly to Learn and Gladly to Teach: Why Christians Invented the University 223
15 Thomas Aquinas and the Reform of Christian Education 235
IV Dante and the Politics of Christendom
16 Dante and the Rediscovery of Political Philosophy 251
17 Dante and the Structure of Philosophical Allegory 269
18 Dante's Comedy as Utopia 277
19 Dante and the Politics of Neutrality 299
V Selected Reviews
Augustine of Hippo: A Biography 307
St. Augustine's Early Theory of Man 309
The Problem of Self-Love in St. Augustine 311
The Light of the Mind: St. Augustine's Theory of Knowledge 314
Art and the Christian Intelligence in St. Augustine 317
John Chrysostom and His Time 319
The Idea of Reform 321
Le Probleme de la "conversion": etude sur un theme commun a l'hellenisme et au christianisme des trois premiers siecles 324
Greek Myth and Christian Mystery 325
Select Bibliography 329
Index 339
About the Author 351
About the Editor 352
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