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Aristotle and early Christian thought

Author: M J Edwards
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Studies in philosophy and theology in late antiquity.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1 [edition]View all editions and formats
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In studies of early Christian thought, 'philosophy' is often a synonym for 'Platonism', or at most for 'Platonism and Stoicism'. Nevertheless, it was Aristotle who, from the sixth century AD to the Italian Renaissance, was the dominant Greek voice in Christian, Muslim and Jewish philosophy. Aristotle and Early Christian Thought is the first book in English to give a synoptic account of the slow appropriation of  Read more...
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Edwards, M. J. (Mark J.), author.
Aristotle and early Christian thought
New York : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2018048871
Named Person: Aristotle.; Aristotle.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M J Edwards
ISBN: 9781315520216 1315520214 9781315520186 1315520184 9781315520209 1315520206 9781315520193 1315520192
OCLC Number: 1060181372
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: PrefaceChapter1: The Philosophy of AristotleChapter 2: Aristotle in the Second CenturyChapter 3: Aristotle and Ante-Nicene ChristianityChapter 4: The Neoplatonic Reaction to AristotleChapter 5: Aristotle and the Trinity in the Fourth centuryChapter 6: Gregory of Nyssa and AristotleAppendix: Hypokeimenon in Gregory of Nyssa's Doctrine of the TrinityChapter 7: Aristotle and the Christological ControversyChapter 8: John Philoponus, Theologian and ApologistChapter 9: Boethius and Aristotle AfterwordBibliographyIndex
Series Title: Studies in philosophy and theology in late antiquity.
Responsibility: Mark Edwards.

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In studies of early Christian thought, 'philosophy' is often a synonym for 'Platonism', or at most for 'Platonism and Stoicism'. Nevertheless, it was Aristotle who, from the sixth century AD to the Italian Renaissance, was the dominant Greek voice in Christian, Muslim and Jewish philosophy. Aristotle and Early Christian Thought is the first book in English to give a synoptic account of the slow appropriation of Aristotelian thought in the Christian world from the second to the sixth century. Concentrating on the great theological topics - creation, the soul, the Trinity, and Christology - it makes full use of modern scholarship on the Peripatetic tradition after Aristotle, explaining the significance of Neoplatonism as a mediator of Aristotelian logic. While stressing the fidelity of Christian thinkers to biblical presuppositions which were not shared by the Greek schools, it also describes their attempts to overcome the pagan objections to biblical teachings by a consistent use of Aristotelian principles, and it follows their application of these principles to matters which lay outside the purview of Aristotle himself. This volume offers a valuable study not only for students of Christian theology in its formative years, but also for anyone seeking an introduction to the thought of Aristotle and its developments in Late Antiquity.

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