The Emergence of Christian Theology Paperback

by Eric Francis Osborn

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The Emergence of Christian Theology

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There are special times of movement in the history of ideas, and one such time - as the author of this study shows - was the second half of the second century, when Christian thought showed fresh vigour. By concentrating on five seminal Christian thinkers of the second century (Justin, Athenegoras, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and Tertullian), Eric Osborn illustrates how it was that Christianity made monotheism axiomatic to its central doctrinal claims while adapting, too, to the peculiar circumstances in which it developed. The stimulus for new thought came from the objections of the state, philosophers, Jews, Gnostics, and Marcion, who in different ways denied the Christian claim to faith in one God. In response, Christian thinkers argued for one God who was the first principle of being, goodness, and truth. In its presentation of the lively beginning which brought Christianity and classical thought together, this book casts light on the growth of the European intellectual tradition.

The Emergence of Christian Theology by Eric Francis Osborn was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2005 and is our 55632nd best seller. The ISBN for The Emergence of Christian Theology is 9780521022323.

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Details for The Emergence of Christian Theology

Author / Artist
Book Formatpaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (November 2005)
EditionNew ed
Number of Pages356
Thickness20 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code113083
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