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Clement of Alexandria (150SH215) lived and taught in the most vibrant intellectual centre of his day. This book offers a comprehensive account of how he joined the ideas of the New Testament to those of the classical world, as represented by Plato. Clement taught that God was active from the beginning to the end of human history and that a Christian life should move on from simple faith to knowledge and love. Clement perceived a sequence of relationships flowing from the transcendent deity: first, God and his word, the Son, secondly, God and the world, and finally, human beings and their neighbors.
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Clement of Alexandria (150SH215) lived and taught in the most vibrant intellectual centre of his day. Here he joined the ideas of the New Testament to those of the classical world. The merging of Christianity and classical culture produced one of the most creative civilisations of all time and this book explores a key example of how that fusion occurred. It offers a comprehensive account of Clement's thought, in which he maintained his enthusiasm for the Platonic world while defending Christianity against its detractors.About the Author:
Eric Osborn is honorary Professor in History, La Trobe University and Professor Fellow in Classics, University of Melbourne. His most recent publications include Irenaeus of Lyons (2001).
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