The Birth of Philosophic Christianity: Studies in Early Christian and Medieval Thought

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1996 - Philosophy - 349 pages
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In Volume One of Ernest Fortin: Collected Essays, the renowned theologian and political philosopher examines various facets of the unique encounter between biblical religion and Greek philosophy during the early Christian centuries and the Middle Ages. Fortin's aim is to uncover the crucial issues to which this encounter gave rise, such as the sometimes troubling but immensely fruitful tension between divine revelation and philosophic reason. The book includes sections on St. Augustine and the refounding of Christianity; the encounter between Jerusalem and Athens; the medieval roots of Christian education; and Dante and the politics of Christendom.
 

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Contents

Augustine and the Hermeneutics of Love Some Preliminary Considerations
1
Augustine and the Problem of Human Goodness
21
Augustines De quantitate animae or the Spiritual Dimensions of Human Existence
41
The Patristic Sense of Community
61
Augustine and the Problem of Christian Rhetoric
79
Reflections on the Proper Way to Read Augustine the Theologian
95
A Note on Dawson and St Augustine
115
Clement of Alexandria and the Esoteric Tradition
123
Dantes Comedy as Utopia
277
Dante and the Politics of Neutrality
299
A Biography
307
Robert J OConnell St Augustines Early Theory of Man
309
Oliver ODonovan The Problem of SelfLove in St Augustine
311
St Augustines Theory of Knowledge
314
Robert J OConnell SJ Art and the Christian Intelligence in St Augustine
317
Dom C Baur John Chrysostom and His Time
319

Christianity and Hellenism in Basil the Greats Address of adulescentes
137
Basil the Great and the Choice of Hercules A Note on the Christianization of a Pagan Myth
153
The Viri novi of Amobius and the Conflict Between Faith and Reason in the Early Christian Centuries
169
The Definitio Fidei of Chalcedon and Its Philosophical Sources
199
The Paradoxes of Aristotles Theory of Education in the Light of Recent Controversies
209
Gladly to Learn and Gladly to Teach Why Christians Invented the University
223
Thomas Aquinas and the Reform of Christian Education
235
Dante and the Rediscovery of Political Philosophy
251
Dante and the Structure of Philosophical Allegory
269
Gerhart B Ladner The Idea of Reform
321
etude sur un theme com mun a Ihellenisme et au christianisme des trois premiers siecles
324
Hugo Rahner Greek Myth and Christian Mystery
325
Select Bibliography
329
Index
339
About the Author
351
About the Editor
352
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Ernest L. Fortin, one of the nation's foremost thinkers in the fields of philosophy and theology, is Professor of Theology at Boston College, and the author and editor of numerous books on ancient and medieval philosophy and religion.