This third collection of articles by Henry Chadwick brings together a series of studies on Augustine, written in light of the new texts now available, and on other individual Christian authors of antiquity, in other words of the age when Christianity was acquiring its now familiar shape. A number of papers published here appear in print for the first time, or make accessible to English readers studies which first saw the light in German. These include a substantial discussion of the idea of conscience, important in the highly ethical context of early Christianity, and a study of ancient anthologies, and are complemented by other essays on general themes in the history of the early Church.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Bishops and monks; The Gospel a republication of natural religion in Justin Martyr; Christian and Roman universalism in the 4th century; The authorship of Egerton papyrus no. 3; Origen, Celsus and the resurrection of the body; Donatism and the Confessions of Augustine; On re-reading the Confessions; Augustine and Almachius; History and symbolism in the garden at Milan; New sermons of St Augustine; Providence and the problem of evil in Augustine; Self-justification in Augustine's Confessions; Augustine's ethics; The mind of Olympiodorus, Deacon of Alexandria; Gregory the Great and the mission to the Anglo-Saxons; Review article on the Sixth Council; Symbol and reality: Berengar and the appeal to the Fathers; Theodore of Tarsus and monotheletism; Some ancient anthologies and florilegia, pagan and Christian; Conscience in ancient thought; Humanity in ancient writers, pagan and Christian; The originality of early Christian ethics; Disagreement and the ancient Church; The calendar: sanctification of time; Index.
’The breadth and confidence of Chadwick's scholarship are as striking as ever, and the text is enlivened by contemporary asides.’ Church Times