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Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy: Engaging with Early and Medieval Theologians

Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy Engaging with Early and Medieval Theologians IrenaeusTertullianOrigenAthanasiusThe CappadociansAugustineAnselmAquinas The best of evangelical theology has always paid attention to the key thinkers issues and doctrinal developments in the histor

  • Title: Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy: Engaging with Early and Medieval Theologians
  • Author: Bradley G. Green
  • ISBN: 9780830838868
  • Page: 225
  • Format: Paperback
  • IrenaeusTertullianOrigenAthanasiusThe CappadociansAugustineAnselmAquinas The best of evangelical theology has always paid attention to the key thinkers, issues and doctrinal developments in the history of the church What God has done in the past is key to understanding who we are and how we are to live The purpose of this volume is threefold to introduce a selection ofIrenaeusTertullianOrigenAthanasiusThe CappadociansAugustineAnselmAquinas The best of evangelical theology has always paid attention to the key thinkers, issues and doctrinal developments in the history of the church What God has done in the past is key to understanding who we are and how we are to live The purpose of this volume is threefold to introduce a selection of key early and medieval theologians, to strengthen the faith of evangelical Christians by helping them to understand the riches of the church s theological reflection, and to help them learn how to think theologically These essays offer insightful analysis of and commentary on eight key theologians, from Irenaeus to Aquinas, along with critical assessment of how evangelicals should view and appropriate the insights of these thinkers The intention of the contributors is to, as Augustine says, cultivate minds fired by the grace of our creator and savior so that we might think well and rightly about our good and great God and live in his light.

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    1. Bradley Green is a theology professor at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is one of the founders of Augustine School, which is a classical Christian school in Jackson. He has written several academic books including one on Augustine: Colin Gunton and the Failure of Augustine: Theology of Colin Gunton in light of Augustine (Wipf & Stock 2010).In the introduction to Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy, Green defends his reason for the study of early Christian theologians by stating two pr [...]

    2. It has often been said that “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.” This is not just a warning for political, educational or social leaders. It is a warning for the Church as well. If there is anything that recent theological controversies have shown us, it is that knowing the history of doctrinal development–and specifically orthodox theological development–is key to understanding where we are and why we are here (rather than somewhere else), when it comes to the Church’s [...]

    3. This book is a collection of essays about early Christian theologians including excerpts from their works. Each essay is written by a different scholar. The time period spans from the first century through the thirteenth century. I always find works written by early Christians fascinating because I see how faithfully the theology of the early church has been handed down through the century. These early Christians were charged with protecting the faith and working out some of the complicated doct [...]

    4. Reading this book reminded me of what a great debt we owe the early fathers of the church. Whether it is Tertullian wrestling with the relationship of Greek philosophy and Christian theology, the three Cappadocians (not a musical group) doing fine thinking about the nature of the Trinity, or Athanasius meeting the Arian challenge in his work on the incarnation, we owe these believers a great debt.This book includes biographies of each of these theologians (Irenaus, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius [...]

    5. Intervarsity Press is doing a wonderful work for Christians with their commitment to bringing the writings of the ancients to us. Among these is an introduction to some early and medieval theologians that is called “Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy”.This book covers the life, thought, writings, and theology of Inenaeu, Tertullian, Origen, Athanasius, The Cappadocians, Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas.The contributors are honest about the ones of whom they write. They show their great contributio [...]

    6. Good overview of Patristic and medieval thinkers. Great use of primary sources in all the essays. There were some controversial doctrines that were mentioned and refuted but not discussed (i.e. Universalism in Origen) but the authors did a great job of doing theological overviews of the great early thinkers of the Church.

    7. Overall, this is a great entry point for further study. For the most part, the entries are well written. The accompanying bibliographies are especially useful. I was not to keen on the Aquinas chapter. Aquinas was closer to Paul than Augustine? Oh brother!

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