The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God

The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God

by Robert Louis Wilken
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0300105983

ISBN-13: 9780300105988

Pub. Date: 03/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this eloquent introduction to early Christian thought, eminent religious historian Robert Louis Wilken examines the tradition that such figures as St. Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and others set in place. These early thinkers constructed a new intellectual and spiritual world, Wilken shows, and they can still be heard as living voices in the modern world.In

Overview

In this eloquent introduction to early Christian thought, eminent religious historian Robert Louis Wilken examines the tradition that such figures as St. Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and others set in place. These early thinkers constructed a new intellectual and spiritual world, Wilken shows, and they can still be heard as living voices in the modern world.In chapters on topics including early Christian worship, Christian poetry and the spiritual life, the Trinity, Christ, the Bible, and icons, Wilken shows that the energy and vitality of early Christianity arose from within the life of the Church. While early Christian thinkers drew on the philosophical and rhetorical traditions of the ancient world, it was the versatile vocabulary of the Bible that loosened their tongues and minds and allowed them to construct the world anew, intellectually and spiritually. These thinkers were not seeking to invent a world of ideas, Wilken shows, but rather to win the hearts of men and women and to change their lives.
Early Christian thinkers set in place a foundation that has endured. Their writings are an irreplaceable inheritance, and Wilken shows that they can still be heard as living voices within contemporary culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300105988
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/11/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
398
Sales rank:
302,775
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................xi
INTRODUCTION....................xiii
1 Founded on the Cross of Christ....................1
2 An Awesome and Unbloody Sacrifice....................25
3 The Face of God for Now....................50
4 Seek His Face Always....................80
5 Not My Will But Thine....................110
6 The End Given in the Beginning....................136
7 The Reasonableness of Faith....................162
8 Happy the People Whose God Is the Lord....................186
9 The Glorious Deeds of Christ....................212
10 Making This Thing Other....................237
11 Likeness to God....................262
12 The Knowledge of Sensuous Intelligence....................291
EPILOGUE....................312
NOTES....................323
SUGGESTIONS FOR READING....................341
GENERAL INDEX....................353
INDEX OF BIBLICAL CITATIONS....................361

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >