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On the Human Condition (Popular Patristics)On the Human Condition (Popular Patristics)
St. Basil the Great
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On the Human Condition offers insight into the major themes of Greek Patristic anthropology including topics on the fall of humanity, the causes of evil, the image of God in the human being. Nonna Verna Harrison brings together many of the writings of fourth century archbishop St. Basil the Great, and highlights the questions he posed in regards to the human condition. Also included are two homilies on the origin of humanity, one of St. Basil's letters to Amphilochius of Iconium and excerpts from St Basil's fatherly instructions (or Long Rules) to his ascetic communities. Ultimately, On the Human Condition is a handy introduction to understanding the principles of the Greek Fathers concerning humanity, which would later become standard doctrine in Eastern Orthodox theology.

About the Popular Patristics Series
The Popular Patristics series published by St. Vladimir's Seminary Press provides readable and accurate translations of a broad range of early Christian literature to a wide audience--from students of Christian history to lay Christians reading for spiritual benefit.

Recognized Patristic scholars provide short but comprehensive and clear introductory essays according to their specializations for each volume.

Texts include classics of Christian literature, thematic volumes, homily collections, letters, spiritual guidance, and poetical works from a wide variety geographical contexts and historical backgrounds. The purpose of the series is to mine the riches of the early church and to make these invaluable writings available to all.
     

 
Christianity and Classical CultureChristianity and Classical Culture
Jaroslav Pelikan

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The momentous encounter between Christian thought and Greek philosophy reached a high point in fourth-century Byzantium, and the principal actors were four Greek-speaking Christian thinkers from Cappadocia: Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, and Macrina, the sister of Basil and Gregory of Nyssa. The author examines the writings of the Cappadocians looking for both the encounter and the synthesis between Christianity and Hellenism. This study is based upon the 1992-1993 Gifford Lectures on Natural Theology at the University of Aberdeen. The author used the lectureship as an opportunity to address, head-on and at length, the perennial issue of the Christian encounter with Hellenism, because that has been the historical matrix for the very idea of "natural theology."
     
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