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    DescriptionIn 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.

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    The Spirit of Early Christian Thought
    Seeking the Face of God
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Louis Wilken
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300105988
    ISBN 10: 0300105983

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T General Subject: 690
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25440
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.3
    BIC subject category V2: HRCM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000
    Ingram Subject Code: TH
    Libri: I-TH
    ECPA Christian Book Category: THLTHOHTL, CHMCHLCHS
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 230.11
    LC classification: BR165 .W65 2005
    BISAC V2.8: REL067000
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRVG, QRAX
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    15 April 2005
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia. His previous books include The Land Called Holy.
    Review quote
    "Magnificently learned [and] deeply felt... An attentive reader of Wilken, whether believer or nonbeliever, will be touched anew by his survey of Christian intellectual life." -Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World "This is not a book written for the academy but for all readers... [Wilken] provides for a new generation ... a sense of what is important about those astonishing teachers of the early church who instructed the ages after them."-Luke Timothy Johnson, America "Get The Spirit of Early Christian Thought and read it. Read it slowly, letting Wilken take you by the hand... Let [Wilken] show you a more excellent way."-Richard John Neuhaus, First Things