The Early church and Greco-Roman thought
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Published by Garland in New York .
Written in English


  • Christianity and other religions -- Greek,
  • Christianity and other religions -- Roman,
  • Philosophy, Ancient -- Influence,
  • Theology, Doctrinal -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600,
  • Christianity -- Philosophy -- History,
  • Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600

Book details:

Edition Notes

Statementedited with introductions by Everett Ferguson.
SeriesStudies in early Christianity ;, v. 8
ContributionsFerguson, Everett, 1933-
LC ClassificationsBR128.G8 E37 1993
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 395 p. ;
Number of Pages395
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1735927M
ISBN 100815310684
LC Control Number92040952

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  Guest Blogger: Chase Vaughn Wilken, Robert Louis. The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God. New Haven: Yale University Press, pp. $ Robert Louis Wilken holds the chair of William R. Kenan Professor of Christianity at the University of Virginia. He has written many important works in early Christian history, [ ]. In broad outline, therefore, it appears that the ethical teaching given by the early church was pretty closely related to the general movement in Greco-Roman society towards the improvement of public morals as it was undertaken in the first century by various agencies.   The early Roman churches were dominated and led by Jewish disciples of Jesus. When Claudius expelled all Jews from the city of Rome, however, only the Gentile Christians remained. Therefore, the church grew and expanded as a largely Gentile community from 49 to 54 A.D. And that in fact early Christianity, by moving into different realms of the different universes of thought and of religion in the Greco-Roman world, adopted a lot of concepts from other religions.

“WORSHIP IN THE EARLY CHURCH” by Dr. D. W. Ekstrand (This study was written in response to a letter I received) Printable pdf Version of this Study The first page of this material is a letter I wrote to a friend regarding Frank Viola & George Barna's book titled "PAGAN CHRISTIANITY?"The book was a good read – in part – but as I state below, I felt it also ventured into territory that. Though much Protestant religious thought is based on Sola Scriptura (the principle that the Bible itself is the ultimate authority in doctrinal matters), the first Protestant reformers, like the Catholic and Orthodox churches, used the theological interpretations of scripture set forth by the early Church Fathers.   The Christians did not side with the Jews in their revolt against Rome beginning in 66 A.D., and by the end of the first century the church had largely separated from the synagogue. When a "church" wasn't a building These early believers did not have church buildings to meet in. They met mostly in homes.   “If this [a pre-tribulational Rapture] is what was taught by the Apostles, we would see it in the writings of the early Church writers; it doesn’t exist.” Following the same line of argument, Jacob Prasch hails Irenaeus (c. ), Bishiop of Lyons, as a “Pivotal figure” due to the fact that he was a disciple of Polycarp, who in.

This blog hopes to give the readers answers to these questions about Early Church History by giving them a multi-media immersion into the Greco-Roman culture of their day and what life in ancient Rome was like. As Diognetus says, the Christians used the same .   Look at any church budget and you’ll probably find 1 or 2 percent of church funds allocated to benevolence—helping poor people in need. Maybe another 5 percent, or 10 percent at best, is given to needs outside the church that on some level help the poor. But such distribution of funds runs counter opposite to how the early church spent its. Judaism gave birth to Christianity in a Greco-Roman world where Christianity’s Jewish roots merged with the Roman imperial culture and Greek philosophical ideas to mold Christianity into the institution it became in the early Church and through the Middle-Ages. Some of this Greco-Roman influence can be seen in the following ways. Though I am still absorbing much of the book, and have been using it in papers and teaching scripts, I think the best section in the whole deal is on Greco-Roman education and the existence of house associations, burial, business and other associations, which were avenues for the church to legal "be" Christians without necessarily Reviews: