SPIRITUAL LIFE IN THE EARLY CHURCH seeks to outline the basic features of the spirituality of the earliest Christians, which is commonly assumed to be determinative for the church of all ages. The author explores the evidence in Acts and Ephesians and sets out to relate the ancient practices and attitudes toward Christian spirituality to religious life today. Her treatment is short but solid scholarship. Bonnie Thurston is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheeling Jesuit College.
A common assumption is that the piety of the earliest Christians is determinative for the church of all ages. But what were the basic features of this spirituality? Thurston examines the Jewish and Hellenistic religions that provided the basis for early Christianity and explains what early Christians would have understood as "spirituality".
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