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Hellenism and Christianity resources

Postby gregf » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:15 pm

Can someone recommend resources for reading about the relationship between Hellenistic philosophy and the development of Christianity? I'd like to read Aristotle and Plato together with the Church Fathers, but I need some basic background reading beforehand, perhaps a general historical survey of the key players and theological/philosophical issues involved. Any book recommendations would be greatly appreciated, as well as any comments on how best to approach the topic (which I understand to be vast).

Who, what, when, where, why: I'm interested in all of it.
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Re: Hellenism and Christianity resources

Postby Markos » Tue Sep 03, 2013 3:21 am

When I was a young man, I loved Father Copleston's, A History of Philosophy, Volume 1: Greek and Rome.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0385468431/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

My copy of the book is long gone, but I see that you can get a used copy on Amazon for only two dollars. Would that one's own youth was so easily replaced!
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Re: Hellenism and Christianity resources

Postby John W. » Wed Sep 04, 2013 2:31 pm

An old, but still readable, book is W.G. de Burgh's The Legacy of the Ancient World, which contains a great deal about Christianity's debt to Greek thought.

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Re: Hellenism and Christianity resources

Postby MiguelM » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:51 pm

Hey, take a look at Christianity and Classical Culture by Charles Cochrane. It's a deeply interesting book, tying philosophical, political, and religious ideas (Pagan and Christian) to the historical development of the late Roman Republic & empire.
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