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4.63 out of 54.63 out of 54.63 out of 54.63 out of 54.63 out of 5 4.63 (16 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Louis Wilken Narrator: Walter Dixon Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Written by a preeminent religious historian, this book provides an introduction to early Christian thought. Focusing on major figures such as St. Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa, as well as s host of less well known thinkers, Robert Wilken chronicles the emergence of a specifically Christian intellectual tradition.

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.

The book is published by Yale University Press.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/7/2013

    " Exactly what the title says it is. Wilken demonstrates the differences in Hellenism and the development of the early Fathers' theological framework. It is a pretty interesting work for those interested in the early history of the church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyne | 7/10/2012

    " A very readable introduction to patristics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth-Ann | 2/25/2012

    " I don't have much to compare this to (and it's been years now since I read it) but it was absorbing, well-reasoned, and challenging. Worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 8/24/2011

    " Put down Elaine Pagels, and pick this up...please! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juan | 6/16/2011

    " An excellent survey of Early Christian thought. Deeper than just an overview by far. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 6/14/2011

    " A well written overview of the intellectual millieu in which Christianity developed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasonlylescampbell | 3/9/2011

    " One of my favorite all time reads. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackson | 1/1/2011

    " Reamrkably well written and engaging prose. This is the finest introduction to the thought of the Fathers that I have come across. It will be edifying to both the student/scholar of theology as well as the curious novice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 10/30/2010

    " Wilken is a respected and expert scholar, and he seems to be thoroughly orthodox. This book focuses greatly upon the positively central place which the Scriptures occupied in the life of the early church, both for the Fathers and the greater body. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 10/25/2010

    " Wilken's prose mimics his description of how the church fathers "did" Christian thought: combining a rigorous intellectual approach with devotional expression. Both stimulating and uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 10/10/2010

    " Exactly what the title says it is. Wilken demonstrates the differences in Hellenism and the development of the early Fathers' theological framework. It is a pretty interesting work for those interested in the early history of the church. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth-Ann | 3/22/2010

    " I don't have much to compare this to (and it's been years now since I read it) but it was absorbing, well-reasoned, and challenging. Worth the effort. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackson | 1/10/2009

    " Reamrkably well written and engaging prose. This is the finest introduction to the thought of the Fathers that I have come across. It will be edifying to both the student/scholar of theology as well as the curious novice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyne | 11/15/2008

    " A very readable introduction to patristics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 9/10/2008

    " Put down Elaine Pagels, and pick this up...please! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 7/31/2007

    " Wilken is a respected and expert scholar, and he seems to be thoroughly orthodox. This book focuses greatly upon the positively central place which the Scriptures occupied in the life of the early church, both for the Fathers and the greater body. "

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