Sin, Grace and Free Will: A Historical Survey of Christian Thought Volume 1: The Apostolic Fathers to Augustine (Paperback)Matthew Knell (author)
Paperback 268 Pages / Published: 26/10/2017
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In this first volume of Sin, Grace and Free Will, Matthew Knell embarks on a journey through centuries of Christian thought, from the Apostolic Fathers to St Augustine of Hippo. While the themes of sin, grace and free will are familiar to any Christian, Knell provides a comprehensive overview of how people such as Irenaeus, Gregory of Nazianzus and Augustine explored these ideas, following the development of early church philosophy on topics such as the problem of evil and the crucial difference between conscious and unconscious sin, as well as the distinction between body and soul. An indispensable primer for any beginning scholar, Sin, Grace and Free Will presents the writings of Christian thinkers of the early church in context and examines the progress of church doctrine from the nascent model of sin in the Shepherd of Hermas to Origen's analysis of divine influence on human will and Augustine's seminal work on grace and salvation.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 268
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm
'[T]his is a brilliant first volume of an important new series. Clearly laid out, nicely written, and throughout comprehensive, this is an excellent introduction into what early church thinkers actually though about sin, grace and free will. I would recommend it to those studying in these areas, as well as to pastors thinking deeply about these issues or perhaps wrestling with them themselves. Matt writes from his own perspective, but lets the sources speak for themselves, and is keen for the readers to make their mind up. I look forward to the next volume, and the next phase of church history. Knell is an able and warm guide!' - Thomas Creedy, www.thomascreedy.com, December 2017
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