Exploring the key documents, authors and themes of Early Christian traditions, this volume traces the vital trajectories of emerging distinctive Christian identity in the Graeco-Roman world. Special attention is given to the coherent growth of Christian faith in connection with worship, alongside the crucial transformation of Christian life and doctrine under the Christian Emperors.
As well as offering a chronological development of the Early Church, the book examines the interaction between Christian worship and faith. In addition, readers interested in systematic theology can refer to chapters on the roots of some significant theological notions in Christian Antiquity, also with reference to ancient philosophy. Issues addressed include:
- Distinctiveness of the Christian identity during the first centuries
- Diversity of communities and their theologies
- Connection between faith and worship
- Transition from the persecuted minority to triumphant Church with Creeds
- History of early Christian thought and modern systematic theology