Fb2 The Origins of Christian Morality: The First Two Centuries ePub
by Wayne A. Meeks
|Author:||Wayne A. Meeks|
|Publisher:||Yale University Press (September 27, 1995)|
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This book thus sketches out what happened during the first two centuries of Christianity.
This book thus sketches out what happened during the first two centuries of Christianity. In what can only be called an ethnography of Christianity, Meeks traces out the beginnings of an intricate fabric of perceptions, beliefs, rituals, practices and interpretations that, over two millennia have come to be what we now recognize as Christian morality. In this, the follow-up volume, & Origins of Christian Morality' explores the deepening development of community and identity of these early Christians as they worked to remain a faithful remnant in a sometimes-hostile world.
Meeks finds that for these Christians, the formation of morals means the formation of community . Yet something more than mere curiosity about an ancient puzzle draws our attention to the first centuries of Christian history.
Meeks finds that for these Christians, the formation of morals means the formation of community; the documents are addressed not to individuals but to groups, and they have among their primary aims the maintenance and growth of these groups. Meeks paints a picture of the process of socialization that produced the early forms of Christian morality, discussing many factors that made the Christians feel that they were a single and "chosen" people.
Christian moral practice took a number of shapes, some of which were quite simply lists of dos and don’ts, while others included gnomes (gnomia in Greek, sententiae in Latin) which were collected aphorisms or witty maxims. I really took a lot away from this book, and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the first two centuries of Christian ethics, especially with an emphasis on the development of moral communities. It’s a scholarly book, with no hint of an agenda that we usually associate with books on subjects like this.
Wayne A. Meeks examines the surviving documents from Christianity's . This book began as a series of lectures given by Prof. Meeks at Oxford, in 1990 and 1991, with some earlier lecture material included
Wayne A. Meeks examines the surviving documents from Christianity's beginnings (some of which became the New Testament) and shows that they are largely concerned with the way converts to the movement should behave. Traces development of morality of early Christian community as differentiated from surrounding soiciety and based on Scripture and Church writing Читать весь отзыв. Meeks at Oxford, in 1990 and 1991, with some earlier lecture material included Читать весь отзыв.
Constructing the moralities and ethical sensibilities of people is always difficult, especially when you're at a remove of about twenty centuries, yet this is what Wayne Meeks, Woolsey Professor of Biblical Studies at Yale University, does in "The Origins of Christian Morality: The First Two Centuries. Some of the things Meeks looks at won't surprise people, but the depth and breadth of the readings that he can bring to the conversation is striking.
Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1995. J. Berkman - 1997 - Studies in Christian Ethics 10 (2):120-123. San Francisco: HarperCollins (Edinburgh: T&T Clark), 1996.
Wayne Meeks, continuing his important work on the origins of early Christianity, here . Picking up the story after the death of Jesus, he explores how it was that Christian morality developed in the first two centuries.
Wayne Meeks, continuing his important work on the origins of early Christianity, here moves to the second stage of such formation. Meeks approaches his subject in several noteworthy ways.
Meeks, Wayne A. Bibliographic Citation. The Moral World of the First Christians . Meeks, Wayne A. (1986). Related Items in Google Scholar. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1993.