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Irenaeus of Lyons (Hardback)
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Irenaeus of Lyons (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 04/10/2001
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Eric Osborn's book presents a major study of Irenaeus (125-200), bishop of Lyons, who attacked Gnostic theosophy with positive ideas as well as negative critiques. Irenaeus's combination of argument and imagery, logic and aesthetic, was directed to the bible. Dominated by a Socratic love of truth and a classical love of beauty, he was a founder of Western humanism. Erasmus, who edited the first printed edition of Irenaeus, praised him for his freshness and vigour. He is today valued for his splendid aphorisms, his optimism, love of the created world, evolutionary view of history, theology of beauty and humour. Why have two millennia of European culture been so creative? Irenaeus points to Greek ways of thinking and the Christian Bible. Irenaeus's thought is complex, yet rewarding to the critical reader, and this full study of it will be of interest to theologians, historians of ideas, classicists, scientists and students.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521800068
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A stimulating work which incorporates much valuable recent scholarship ... perhaps most striking of all is the way it manages to capture something of the wit and shimmer of the Irenaean texts themselves.' The Downside Review
'This wise and balanced book belongs in university libraries, and on the shelves of patristic scholars.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'... detailed analysis ... Both graduate students and specialists will profit from Osborn's work.' Religious Studies Review

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