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Early Christian Thinkers: The Lives and Legacies of Twelve Key Figures
by Paul Foster
Each chapter includes a biographical and historical overview of the thinker, a detailed survey of his or her major writings and ideas, an in-depth discussion of each thinker's influence on the formation of the tradition, and a consideration of lasting significance in today's context. The text requires no prior knowledge of the thinker under discussion, making the book espe ...more
Paperback, 203 pages
Published August 11th 2011 by IVP Academic
(first published September 1st 2010)
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Paul Foster in his compilation of essays, Early Christian Thinkers, attempts very effectively to demonstrate the importance of knowing our roots. Knowing the way those in the church, thought, wrote, and lead is crucial in our understanding of how we as church leaders are to develop grow, and even learn from those who have gone before. “It was during this period that numerous thinkers wrestled to formulate an intellectual account of the faith”(xi). This is then echoed by Thomas Aquinas who, base ...more
I am at the end of a Master of Theology in Historical Theology program (classwork finished, that bloody thesis left!), so I'm a sucker for any resource that's historically theological. I'm especially interested in the Early Church era (post-Apostolic through Augustine) as many of the core doctrines that define the Christian faith arose out of this monumental, contentious era. The Trinity, deity of Jesus, Authority of Scripture and cannon, original sin--there's a lot there! I believe a whole new ...more