The Sculptor and his Stone: Selected Readings on Hellenistic and Christian Learning and Thought in the Early Greek Fathers

The Sculptor and his Stone: Selected Readings on Hellenistic and Christian Learning and Thought in the Early Greek Fathers

by Chrysostomos

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Overview

This book argues for the inseparability of classical Hellenism from the Greek patristic tradition from a distinctly Eastern Orthodox perspective. Postulating a common striving for truth in both domains, it places emphasis on the contributions of theancients and Greek paideia to Christian learning and culture. In the spirit of the late Werner Jaeger, the essays contained in the volume provide a fruitful strategy for looking anew at the Greek classical world and Christianity through the eyes of the Greek Fathers, the direct inheritors of the ancient Greek worldview. Collectively, the author and contributors excellently demonstrate that, conflated with the visionary insights of the Jewish prophets and of Jewish messianism, the wisdom of the ancients served to pave the way for the unfolding of the fullness of Christian teaching and its spiritually enlightening revelation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780227176221
Publisher: Clarke, James Company, Limited
Publication date: 01/26/2017
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

The Most Reverend Chrysostomos is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction
chapter 1 Man and His Universe in Hellenistic Thought and the Greek Fathers—The Reverend Gregory Telepneff
and the Most Reverend Chrysostomos
chapter 2 Body, Soul, and Spirit in the Greek Ancients and in the Greek Fathers and Their Theological Legacy in
Eastern Orthodox Christianity—The Most Reverend Chrysostomos
chapter 3 The Greek Fathers and Secular Knowledge—The Most Reverend Chrysostomos and Archimandrite Patapios
chapter 4 The Transformation of Hellenistic Philosophical Nomenclature in the Greek Patristic Tradition—The Most Reverend Chrysostomos and Archimandrite Patapios
chapter 5 The Notion of Rhetoric in the Eastern Orthodox Patristic Tradition—Bishop Auxentios
chapter 6 The Concept of Philosophy in the Hellenic Tradition—Constantine Cavarnos
chapter 7 Images of the Invisible Beauty: Plotinian Aesthetics and Byzantine Iconography—Archimandrite Patapios
chapter 8 In Defense of Piety: Respect for Words and Respect for “The Word”—J. C. B. Petropoulos
chapter 9 Free Will, Character, and Responsibility in Classical Greek Thought, the Greek Fathers, and Modern Existentialism—Constantine Cavarnos
chapter 10 The Ancient Greek Heritage—Constantine Cavarnos
chapter 11 The Hellenic Heritage in Byzantium—Constantine Cavarnos

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This book illustrates how early Christian thought synthesized Jewish revelation with Greek philosophy and literature, integrating intellectual knowledge with spiritual understanding. Metropolitan Chrysostomos' clear introduction encourages readers, in the current anti-Christian culture, to understand the powerful truths and insights of the early Christian writers. Jeffrey Burton Russell, Professor Emeritus of History University of California, Santa Barbara