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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 of ...more
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Published November 5th 2010 by IVP Academic (first published January 1st 2010)
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Mark
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 pro
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David Bruyn
Good and helpful discussion of Irenaeus, Tertullian, the 3 Cappadocians, Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas. Some essays had a little too much copy-and-paste from the primary sources.
Craig Hurst
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 articulati ...more
Jennifer
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Bob
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Pastoralmusings
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 contributions t
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Dwight Davis
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Dr. Green (PhD, Baylor University) is Professor of Theological Studies at Union University. He has contributed essays and reviews to International Journal of Systematic Theology, Chronicles, First Things, Touchstone, and The Churchman.

Dr. Green serves on the Board of Directors at Augustine School, and serves on the Board of Directors of American Friends of Tyndale House Cambridge. He is also Seni
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