Regular price: $28.00

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $28.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Written by a preeminent religious historian, this book provides an introduction to early Christian thought. Focusing on major figures such as St. Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa, as well as s host of less well known thinkers, Robert Wilken chronicles the emergence of a specifically Christian intellectual tradition.
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.
©2003 Yale University Press (P)2010 Redwood Audiobooks
Show More Show Less

Critic Reviews

"[M]agnificently learned, deeply felt and surprisingly pellucid... Anyone who approaches The Spirit of Early Christian Thought with a welcoming spirit and patient attention will learn from it... believer or nonbeliever will be touched anew by his survey of Christian intellectual life." (Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World)
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
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

Read More Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-02-16

Dreamy

I listen to it at night as I go to sleep. The narrator has a soothing voice and the prose is poetic. Both educational and spiritually comforting.

Read More Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc