Documents in Early Christian ThoughtDocuments in Early Christian Thought
Maurice Wiles, Mark Santer

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The purpose of this book is to bring within a single volume a representative selection of extracts from writings of early Christian Fathers, covering the main areas of Christian thought. The extracts, for the most part are newly translated by the editors, and are arranged by topic under the following: God, Trinity, Christ, Holy Spirit, Sin and Grace, Tradition and Scripture, Church, Sacraments, Christian Living, Church and Society, and Final Goal.

Care has been taken to reflect the full range of writing on these themes--exposition and commentary, homily, epistle and polemic--and the extracts are of sufficient length to show the distinctive flavour of each individual writer. Annotation has been kept to a minimum, but each main section has a short introduction which places the extracts in their particular context within the development of Christian thought.
     

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Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1. God

1. Clement of Alexandria, Miscellanies
2. Origen, Homilies on Jeremiah
3. Basil, Letter
4. Gregory of Nyssa, The Life of Moses II
5. Augustine, On the Psalms

2. Trinity

6. Origen, Dialogue with Heraclides
7. Athanasius, Against the Arains
8. Gregory of Nyssa, On ousia and hypostasis
9. Augustine, On the Trinity

3. Christ

10. Tertullian, Against Praxeas
11. Eusebius, Demonstration IV
12. Athanasius, Against the Arians
13. Theodore of Mopsuestia, On the Incarnation VII
14. Proclus, Sermon I
15. Cyril of Alexandria, Second letter of Succensus
16. Leo, Sermon 28

4. Holy Spirit

17. Origen, Commentary on John II, 10-12
18. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical lecture 16, 1-4 and 22-4
19. Athanasius, Third letter to Serapion
20. Augustine, On the Trinity XV, xvii, 27-xviii, 32

5. Sin and Grace

21. Origen, On First Principles II, 9, 1-6
22. Gregory of Nyssa, Catechetical Oration 5-8
23. Augustine, On the Trinity XIII, 13-19
24. John Chrysostom, Homilies on Ephesians I, 1-2
25. Augustine, Sermon 156, 9-xiii, 14

6. Tradition and Scripture

26. Irenaeus, Against the Heresies III, Preface - 4
27. Tertullian, The Crown 1-4
28. Origen, On First Principles
29. Dionysius of Alexandria, On the Promises
30. Theodore of Mepsuestia, Commentary on Galatians 4:24
31. Augustine, On the Christian Doctrine III, i, I-V, 9

7. Church

32. Cyprian, Letter 69, 1-5
33. Augustine, On Baptism V, xxvii, 38-xxviii, 39
34. Cyril of Jerusalem, Catechetical leture 18, 22-7
35. Cyril of Alexnadria, Commentary onJohn XI, 11

8. Sacraments

36. Tertullian, On Baptism 1-9
37. Cyril of Jerusalem, On the Mysteries 2
38. Irenaeus, Against the Heresies IV, 17-18
39. Cyril of Jerusalem, On the Mysteries 4 and 5
40. Gregory of Nyssa, Catechetical Oration 37
41. John Chrysostom, Homilies on I Corinthians 24, 1-2
42. Augustine, Sermon 272

9. Christian Living
43. Clement of Alexandria, The Rich Man's Salvation 11-17
44. Hippolytus, Apostolic Tradition 41-42
45. Cyprian, On Works and Alms 1-5
46. Basil, Letter 2
47. John Chrysostom, On Vainglory and the Upbringing of Children 64-90

10. Church and Society

48. Irenaeus, Against the Heresies V, 24
49. Tertullian, To Scapula 1-2
50. Origen, Against Celsus VIII, 73=5
51. Eusebius, Orationin Honour of Constantine 1-3
52. Augustine, Letter 185, 19-24
53. Augustine, The City of God XIX, 14-17

11. Final Goal

54. Rufinus, On the Creed 39-45
55. John Chrysostom, Homilies on I Corinthians 9, 1-3
56. Gregory of Nyssa, Sermon on I Corinthians 15:28
57. Augustine, Letter 199, 46-54
58. Augustine, The City of God XXII, 30