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"The book is a compelling invitation to enter more deeply into the contemplative hearts of the early Church Fathers."--Kay Kettenhofen, Cistercian Studies Quarterly

"An interpretation of early Christian thought for the general reader. . . . A good general introduction to the writings of Christian antiquity, this is appropriate for both public and academic collections."--Library Journal

"This is not a book written for the academy but for all readers."--Luke Timothy Johnson, America
"This is not a book written for the academy but for all readers. It is not driven by theoretical or ideological agendas but is the fruit of years of patient and affectionate reading. It is not a young scholar's bid to make a name but a senior scholar's effort to share the fruit of learning. It is not marked by a hermeneutics of suspicion but by a hermeneutics of generosity. As such, it provides for a new generation of readers a sense of what is important about those astonishing teachers of the early church who instructed the ages after them."--Luke Timothy Johnson, America

"[A book of] great learning. . . . Written . . . for all readers. . . . It provides for a new generation of readers a sense of what is important about those astonishing teachers of the early church who instructed the ages after them."--Luke Timothy Johnson, Pam Kingsbury, Richard Haslam, America

"The Spirit of Early Christian Thought is a delight to read. It is written as history ought to be, especially for nonspecialist readers."--Richard A. Kauffman, Christian Century


"[His] unusual insight gives a fresh perspective to everything Wilken says as he goes through the usual history of the councils and theological controversies."--Robert Royal, Crisis Magazine

"Get The Spirit of Early Christian Thought and read it. Read it slowly, letting Wilken take you by the hand. . . . Let [Wilken] show you a more excellent way."--Richard John Neuhaus, First Things

"Read [this book] slowly, letting Wilken take you by the hand. . . . Let [him] show you a more excellent way."--Richard John Neuhaus, First Things
"Prof. Wilken's book is much more than a history of the early church and its thought. . . . The themes are obviously the fruit of Prof. Wilken's long and insightful study of the early church. . . . Prof. Wilken's thematic approach has the advantage of giving the reader a comprehensive and sympathetic portrait of the early church, and it is a compelling one. . . . The book represents a real contribution. The bird's eye view attends to the full dimensions of the life of the early church and captures its spirit in a sympathetic and persuasive way. . . . [Prof. Wilken] has enabled us to see the early church in a vivid and exciting way."--Rowan A. Greer, Modern Theology

"A sensitive, essayistic overview of how pre-medieval Christians engaged in the life of the mind, and the role that intellect played in their work and worship. . . . This excellent book is a window into a very rich intellectual world."--Michael Potemra, National Review

"This book evidences many years of careful study and thoughtful reflection. . . . Beautifully written and accessible to the non-specialist."--Bryan Hollon, Perspectives in Religious Studies

"It captures perfectly for the general reader, in non-technical terms and relying on the words of the fathers themselves, the all pervasive theme that thinking is an essential component of believing, and that Christianity always has been a religion that is moral, intellectual, and liturgical."--Casimir Bernas, Religious Studies Review


"An eminent scholar of early Christianity . . . has again put scholarship on early Christianity in his debt. . . . Stimulating and illuminating. . . . Anyone interested in learning about how the church fathers thought and taught can read this book with profit. It should be in the library of every university, seminary, and church. . . . It is warmly recommended."--James R. Payton, Jr., St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly

"A stunning achievement aimed at the general reader. . . . Rich in learning and insight. It is one of the best and most meaningful Christian books this reviewer has ever read."--W. L. Prehn, The Living Church

"This book is an elegant introduction to the Fathers of the Church. Giants such as Origen and Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine and Maximus the Confessor move gracefully through its pages, teaching us how the Church lives by the Word of God, which itself lives in the Church, proclaiming the wonderful deeds of God to all the world."--Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Fordham University

"By turns scholarly, contemplative, and argumentative, this is an exposition in which the early Christian writers speak for themselves--and to us."--Jaroslav Pelikan, author of The Christian Tradition
"Robert Wilken delivers exactly what his title promises: not a history, but a display of how the ancient church's mind worked. An accessible and delightful read, backed by immense scholarship."--Robert W. Jenson, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton N.J.
"This book is the welcome fruit of long study by a scholar of the first rank. To be sure, scholars will profit from the book, but the real beneficiaries will be thoughtful readers who want to understand what the early Christian church was all about."--Rowan Greer, Professor Emeritus of Anglican Studies, Yale University
"Robert Wilken offers here a rich and nuanced interpretation of the Christian faith as seen through the eyes of its most formative exponents--the theologians, bishops, poets, and hymn writers of the early church. Written with clarity and conviction, this book is a window onto the landscape of the Christian soul."--Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and executive editor of Christianity Today

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In this eloquent introduction to early Christian thought, eminent religious historian Robert Louis Wilken examines the tradition that such figures as St. Augustine, Gregory of Nyssa, and others set in place. Wilken shows how these early thinkers constructed a new intellectual and spiritual world and can still be heard as living voices in the modern world. "Magnificently learned and deeply felt ...An attentive reader of Wilken, whether believer or nonbeliever, will be touched anew by his survey of Christian intellectual life." Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World "This is not a book written for the academy but for all readers ...Wilken provides for a new generation a sense of what is important about those astonishing teachers of the early church who instructed the ages after them." Luke Timothy Johnson, America

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