What happened, theologically speaking, during the first 500 years of Christianity? Leading academics introduce you to major thinkers, significant controversies, the role of ecumenical councils, and the way the canon was shaped against rival positions in Judaism and Greco-Roman philosophy. 296 pages, softcover. Blackwell.
The First Christian Theologians
offers a comprehensive introduction to the theology of the early Church through an accessible and lively examination of the major individual theologians of the time.
- Provides a comprehensive, single-volume introduction to the theology of the early Church.
- Features an accessible and lively examination of the major individual theologians from the first five centuries.
- Explores how Christian theology came into being – including detailed coverage of the Scriptural canon, preaching, heresies, and the role of ecumenical councils.
- Includes an international list of leading contributors.
- Edited by a leading academic in the field, with a reputation for producing first-rate, accessible books.
G. R. Evans is Professor of Medieval Theology and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of numerous, critically-acclaimed books in the fields of patristic, medieval and Reformation history and theology, including Augustine on Evil (1982), Problems of Authority in the Reformation Debates (1992), The Church and the Churches (1994), Philosophy and Theology in the Middle Ages (1993), Law and Theology in the Middle Ages (2002), and Anselm (1989). G. R. Evans is also the author of A Brief History of Heresy (2003), and the editor of The Medieval Theologians (2000), also in the Great Theologians series, both published by Blackwell.
"Beyond doubt this is one of the best introductions available to the English reader who is interested in the Theology of the early Church." Mihail Neamtu, King's College, London