Ambrose S Patriarchs: Ethics for the Common Man
 
 
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Ambrose S Patriarchs: Ethics for the Common Man [Paperback]

Marcia L. Colish
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"The readers of this book will not be surprised by Marcia Colish. She has once again given us a succinct and crystal-clear condensation of a complex body of thought. But they will be surprised by Colish's Ambrose. This is not at all the world-denying romantic Platonist that many see him to have been. Colish's close attention to the Stoic groundwork of Ambrose's ethical thought, and to his careful modification of the views of his predecessors, recaptures him as the first Christian preacher prepared to present a coherent ethics for the average believer. Far from showing his preaching to have been a chapter in the rise of Christian ascetic extremism, Colish has shown us how to read Ambrose's sermons as a chapter in a more enduring (and, perhaps, more welcome) development—the 'Romanization' of Christian moral thought, with all the this-worldly solidity which the word 'Roman' still invokes." —Peter Brown, Princeton University

"This is a significant study, by a distinguished scholar, of works that are often overlooked but that, as Marcia Colish ably demonstrates, challenge some widely held interpretations of Ambrose as a theologian, ethicist, and philosopher. This book is both thought provoking and enlightening." —Francine Cardman, Weston Jesuit School of Theology --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"The readers of this book will not be surprised by Marcia Colish. She has once again given us a succinct and crystal-clear condensation of a complex body of thought. But they will be surprised by Colish's Ambrose. This is not at all the world-denying romantic Platonist that many see him to have been. Colish's close attention to the Stoic groundwork of Ambrose's ethical thought, and to his careful modification of the views of his predecessors, recaptures him as the first Christian preacher prepared to present a coherent ethics for the average believer. Far from showing his preaching to have been a chapter in the rise of Christian ascetic extremism, Colish has shown us how to read Ambrose's sermons as a chapter in a more enduring (and, perhaps, more welcome) development—the 'Romanization' of Christian moral thought, with all the this-worldly solidity which the word 'Roman' still invokes." —Peter Brown, Princeton University

"This is a significant study, by a distinguished scholar, of works that are often overlooked but that, as Marcia Colish ably demonstrates, challenge some widely held interpretations of Ambrose as a theologian, ethicist, and philosopher. This book is both thought provoking and enlightening." —Francine Cardman, Weston Jesuit School of Theology --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

MARCIA L. COLISH is Frederick B. Artz Professor of History, emerita, at Oberlin College and visiting fellow in history at Yale University.
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