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In chapters on topics including early Christian worship, Christian poetry and the spiritual life, the Trinity, Christ, the Bible, and icons, Wilken shows that the energy and vitality of early Christianity arose from within the life of the Church. While early Christian thinkers drew on the philosophical and rhetorical traditions of the ancient world, it was the versatile vocabulary of the Bible that loosened their tongues and minds and allowed them to construct the world anew, intellectually and spiritually. These thinkers were not seeking to invent a world of ideas, Wilken shows, but rather to win the hearts of men and women and to change their lives.
Early Christian thinkers set in place a foundation that has endured. Their writings are an irreplaceable inheritance, and Wilken shows that they can still be heard as living voices within contemporary culture.
The book is published by Yale University Press.
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By Peter Steele on 09-18-17
Super good book.
This book will teach you Catholicism. Not just about Catholicism but it will help you form a Catholic heart and mind. It faithfully conveys a sense of the spirit of the holy men and women who knew and were formed by the risen Lord and the apostles
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