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The Spirit of Early Christian Thought: Seeking the Face of God
Robert Louis Wilken

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Format: Paperback, 400pp.
ISBN: 0300105983
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pub. Date: April 2005

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In this eloquent introduction to early Christian thought, eminent religious historian Robert Louis Wilken examines the tradition that such figures as St. Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and others set in place. Wilken shows how these early thinkers constructed a new intellectual and spiritual world and can still be heard as living voices in the modern world.


“This is not a book written for the academy but for all readers. . . . [Wilken] provides for a new generation . . . a sense of what is important about those astonishing teachers of the early church who instructed the ages after them.”
—Luke Timothy Johnson, America

“Get The Spirit of Early Christian Thought and read it. Read it slowly, letting Wilken take you by the hand. . . . Let [Wilken] show you a more excellent way.”
—Richard John Neuhaus, First Things

“A sensitive . . . overview of how pre-medieval Christians engaged in the life of the mind, and the role that intellect played in their work and worship. . . . This excellent book is a window into a very rich intellectual world.”
—Michael Potemra, National Review

“[From] a foremost scholar of the early Church, . . . an effective, dependable, even inspiring introduction to early Christian theology for the educated reader, . . .masterfully and attractively presented.”
—Joseph G. Mueller, S.J., Theological Studies


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Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia.

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