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Early Christian Thought and the Classical Tradition

Henry Chadwick


The historian of Western culture cannot travel far without discovering that the roots of many 20th-century questions lie in the ancient dialogue between the early Christians and culture of the old Classical world. This book takes three Christian thinkers: Justin, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen, and shows what the debate looked like from the Christian side. It draws on the pagan critics of the Church to illustrate the case the Christians had to answer. The examination of the Christian synthesis illustrates the extent to which penetrating criticism of the Classical tradition was combined with ... More

Keywords: early Christian thought, classical tradition, Western culture, Christian thinkers, Justin, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, pagan, Church, humanism

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Print publication date: 1984 Print ISBN-13: 9780198266730
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266730.001.0001


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