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Three Wise Men from the East: The Cappadocian Fathers and the Struggle for Orthodoxy

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Includes a forward by Rowan Williams.

The Cappadocian fathers of the fourth century—Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nyssa and Gregory Nazianzen—produced thoughts on the Trinity, the creation, the incarnation, the holistic reading of scripture and the discipline of the soul which are playing a more seminal role in Christian theology today that at any time in the last four hund
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Paperback, 254 pages
Published May 1st 2015 by Sacristy Press (first published April 27th 2015)
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Toby
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This a comprehensive and well-written introduction to the Cappadocian Fathers which will prove illuminating for anyone exploring these fascinating fourth century theologians for the first time. Patrick Whitworth gives a very readable account of their lives, the key planks of their theology and attitudes towards the social and ecclesiological issues of the time. A helpful chapter at the end explores their controversial relationship with neo-Platonism and asks whether Gregory of Nyssa in particula ...more
Joshua Pritchard
I am very much interested in learning more about the Cappadocian Fathers and I sense this book is full of important information regarding them. However, it is presented in a way that is disorganized and difficult to follow. I believe the author to be caught between the valid urge to set the context to the theological discussion and to refrain from telling the story of the Cappadocians in a simplistic “Basil was born on” fashion. In the attempt to avoid this, neither is all that clear. Additional ...more
Marie
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am not an expert on Christian history. This book gave great insight into some of the basics of religion we take for granted, such as the Trinity being God and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It covers three men during the 300's and their influence on the thinking of the time. The most amazing item I learned from this book is that Basil of Caesarea, as a Christian, established a place for the poor and dying and is still respected for this in an area of mainly Islamic faith. Respect across religio ...more
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