Gospel Message and Hellenistic Culture: A History of Early Christian Doctrine Before the Council of Nicea eBook

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Gospel Message and Hellenistic Culture: A History of Early Christian Doctrine Before the Council of Nicea by Jean Daniélou
English | 1973 | ISBN: 0232511969 | 552 Pages | PDF | 12.6 MB
The present volume therefore deals with three main topics: the presentation of the Christian message to the Hellenistic world; the statement of the faith in the catechetical literature and in the exegesis of Scripture; and the use of philosophical thought and Judaeo-Christian apocalyptic ideas to construct, in the great systems of Clement and Origen, a more profound presentation of the faith. To deal successfully with these three themes it will also be necessaryto define the character ofthat Greek thought with which the Christian Church was confronted. This will take us into a consideration of the relevant ideas of Middle Platonism, of the allegorical treatment of Homer, and of the somewhat limited influence of Aristotle at this period. The world of Gnostic thought will also call for examination, in order to bring out both the elements which it shared with contemporary Christianity and the radical differences which made them fundamentally irreconcilable.

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