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The Spirit Of Early Christian Thought

Author : Robert Louis Wilken
ISBN : 0300105983
Genre : Religion
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Focusing on major figures such as St. Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa, as well as a host of less well known thinkers, Robert Wilken (the author of The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity) chronicles the emergence of a specifically Christian intellectual tradition. He provides an introduction to early Christian thought on topics including early Christian worship, Christian poetry and the spiritual life, the Trinity, Christ, the Bible, and icons, and 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.

A New Song For An Old World

Author : Calvin Stapert
ISBN : 9780802832191
Genre : Music
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Even as worship wars in the church and music controversies in society at large continue to rage, many people do not realize that conflict over music goes back to the earliest Christians as they sought to live out the "new song" of their faith. In A New Song for an Old World Calvin Stapert challenges contemporary Christians to learn from the wisdom of the early church in the area of music. Stapert draws parallels between the pagan cultures of the early Christian era and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend the musical ideas of early Christian thinkers, from Clement and Tertullian to John Chrysostom and Augustine. Stapert's expert treatment of the attitudes of the early church toward psalms and hymns on the one hand, and pagan music on the other, is ideal for scholars of early Christianity, church musicians, and all Christians seeking an ancient yet relevant perspective on music in their worship and lives today.

The Oxford Companion To Christian Thought

Author : Adrian Hastings
ISBN : 9780198600244
Genre : Religion
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Entries explore the history of Christian thought from Catholic, Prostestant, and Orthodox perspectives, and discuss regional and national traditions, various denominations, theological topics, symbolism, and controversial issues.

Documents In Early Christian Thought

Author : Maurice Wiles
ISBN : 0521099153
Genre : Religion
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Extracts from the writings of the Early Christian fathers, covering the main areas of Christian thought.

The Spirit Driven Church

Author : Terje Hegertun
ISBN : 9781532617171
Genre : Religion
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Must the church be either charismatic or sacramental? In this book, Terje Hegertun argues that she has the privilege of being both. The Day of Pentecost formed her identity and shaped her conviction of being lifted on the arms of grace and pushed forward by the power from on high. In the midst of her vulnerability and failure, the worldwide faith community is a composition of the Spirit. One of the greatest gifts the church may offer the world is simply to be church: a charismatic-sacramental fellowship, a dwelling place of God's Spirit. A church nurtured by graceful charismatic and sacramental gifts fosters a mature congregational spirituality distinguished by hospitable relations. Thus, the Spirit of God plays the main role of being the comprehensive principle of Christian unity across denominational lines.

Remembering The Christian Past

Author : Robert Louis Wilken
ISBN : 0802808808
Genre : Religion
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Prompting readers to reacquaint themselves with forgotten aspects of Christian tradition, this collection of essays points out the importance of remembering the enduring truths of the faith.

The Christians As The Romans Saw Them

Author : Robert Louis Wilken
ISBN : 0300098391
Genre : History
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This book offers an engrossing portrayal of the early years of the Christian movement from the perspective of the Romans.

Liberty In The Things Of God

Author : Robert Louis Wilken
ISBN : 9780300245493
Genre : Religion
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From one of the leading historians of Christianity comes this sweeping reassessment of religious freedom, from the church fathers to John Locke In the ancient world Christian apologists wrote in defense of their right to practice their faith in the cities of the Roman Empire. They argued that religious faith is an inward disposition of the mind and heart and cannot be coerced by external force, laying a foundation on which later generations would build. Chronicling the history of the struggle for religious freedom from the early Christian movement through the seventeenth century, Robert Louis Wilken shows that the origins of religious freedom and liberty of conscience are religious, not political, in origin. They took form before the Enlightenment through the labors of men and women of faith who believed there could be no justice in society without liberty in the things of God. This provocative book, drawing on writings from the early Church as well as the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, reminds us of how “the meditations of the past were fitted to affairs of a later day.”

Augustus To Constantine

Author : Robert McQueen Grant
ISBN : 0664227724
Genre : Religion
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This masterful study of the early centuries of Christianity vividly brings to life the religious, political, and cultural developments through which the faith that began as a sect within Judaism became finally the religion of the Roman empire. First published in 1970, Grant's classic is enhanced with a new foreward by Margaret M. Mitchell, which assesses its importance and puts the reader in touch with the advances of current research.

Contemplative Thoughts Of An Asian Seminarian Paperback

Author : Seamus Phan
ISBN : 9780615211695
Genre : Religion
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Paperback revised version. This humble book is Fr. Seamus' learning journey as a seminarian when he received God's call to serve, where he related his humble views on denominations, contemplation, early Christian thought, systematic theology, charismas, sacraments, discipleship, syncretism, and how to minister in the East, drawing inspiration from Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci and Trappist monk Thomas Merton, as well as the early Church Fathers.

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