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The first centuries of Christianity, despite their foreignness, hold a treasury of wisdom for living. Early Christians struggled and flourished in a culture much like ours today, in love with empire and military power, infatuated with sex and entertainment, tolerant of all gods but hostile to the One. Yet, from this crucible of discipleship they were able to extract lessons of virtue, faithfulness, and joy in Christ.
Christopher Hall takes us to this distant time, where he interviews Christian leaders around the ancient Mediterranean world, inquiring how to live a good life as a Christ follower. The menu of topics covers wealth and poverty, war and violence, marriage and sexuality, theater and the arena, as well as the harsh realities of persecution and martyrdom. Gathering around Basil or Chrysostom or Augustine, we are instructed anew in the way of discipleship. And as they grapple with issues surprisingly resonant with our own, this cloud of ancient witnesses both surprises and challenges us in the life of faith.
Number of Pages: 276
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Ancient & Postmodern Christianity: Paleo-Orthodoxy in the 21st CenturyIVP Academic / Trade Paperback$25.20 Retail:
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"Once again Chris Hall invites us to a banquet of guests from the early church, this time to learn from them how to live and love more faithfully as God's image-bearers. Through his reading and research, Chris has lived with these guests for many years and knows them so well that they come alive in this book, speaking to us words of wisdom about topics like killing, wealth, marriage, and entertainment. This is a feast that is easily digested but rich and nourishing. I will be coming back to this table for seconds and thirds."
"In our age in which passion is prized at the expense of real love, Chris Hall reminds us that there is another way-an ancient Christian way of godly wisdom-that leads to a well-ordered heart, a peace-filled mind, and a love-ruled life, rooted and established in living union with our Lord Jesus Christ. Take and read!"
"In a winsome style that makes the patristics accessible without ever domesticating them, Chris Hall takes readers deep into another engaging conversation with the church fathers. This time, he expertly highlights the immensely practical, deeply wise, and bracingly challenging things they have to say to us about the way we live our lives. The only thing that counts, we are reminded, is 'faith working through love' (Gal 5:6)-but that singular goal affects every area of our lives, from our finances to our relationships, politics, and daily regimens. Part manifesto and part training manual, Living Wisely with the Church Fathers compels us-and then teaches us-to do just what the title suggests."