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Early Christian Thought & the Classical Tradition

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This enlightening study examines the relationship of the early Christians to the classical tradition. Based on the work of the Christian thinkers, Justine, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen, and existing pagan criticism of the Church, the book illustrates how rejection of the classical tradition combined with profound acceptance of its humanism were synthesized by the earl ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published March 15th 1984 by OUP Oxford (first published April 1st 1966)
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An absolutely fantastic book that I "read" once as an undergrad but completely failed to realize what a goldmine I had in my hands.

Basically, Chadwick is exploring the answers to ancient objections to Christianity given by Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria, and Origen.
The challenege to Christianity was drawn from the philosopher Celsus, who began with the argument that there was nothing new about Christianity, and that it was merely stealing from older superstitions:
Celsus draws up a list
Joel Zartman
Admirable. Chadwick is on Origen's side, and he puts forth some challenging arguments. There is no figure in the early church like Origen, through which the Classical tradition enters into that for which it was made. It is hard for me to think, nevertheless, from what I've read of Origen, that Chadwick is entirely right. Why is it anybody commenting on Origen is either wholly for him or wholly against him? Chadwick is reasonable, and commanding when it comes to understanding the philosophers and ...more
Bert Jan
Excellent introduction to the early Christian intellectual tradition. Focus on Justin Martyr, Clement of Alexandria and Origen.
This book led me to my work on a Masters of Arts degree.
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Henry Chadwick KBE (23 June 1920 – 17 June 2008) was a British academic and Church of England priest. A leading historian of the early church, Chadwick was appointed Regius Professor at both the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and was the first person in four centuries to have headed a college at both universities.
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