- Series: Christianity & Western Thought (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 447 pages
- Publisher: IVP Academic; First Edition, First Printing edition (May 3, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830817522
- ISBN-13: 978-0830817528
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 1: From the Ancient World to the Age of Enlightenment First Edition, First Printing Edition
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"An excellent textbook for introductory courses in philosophy and theology." (Christianity Today)
"Written in remarkably clear and helpful style, [Christianity & Western Thought] will be an invaluable aid to the reader who wants simply to obtain an overall picture of the philosophical traditions which have fed into and interacted with Christianity over the centuries." (The Evangelical Quarterly)
"A positive contribution to a Christian understanding of the history of ideas." (Southwestern Journal of Theology)
"A remarkable tour de force done with admirable comprehension and an amazing knowledge of the secondary literature relating to these thinkers." (ADRIS Newsletter) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Colin Brown is senior professor of Systematic Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He served as editor of The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and is the author of several books, including Miracles and the Critical Mind, History and Faith, and Jesus in European Protestant Thought. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It would be unfair to complain that the book is too narrow in scope. But it may encourage an attitude among Western Christians that I think is. Brown seems to envision "the West" almost hermetically sealed fomm the rest of the world. (As do so many Christians.) For instance, Brown seems to go along with the convention that the Greeks started philosophy too readily. But weren't the Pythagoreans roughly a school of Advetic thought beamed over from India? And don't the Vedas, the Hundred Schools of Zhou-era China, and so on, also have claims to originating philosophy? Or more pertinently -- how about the Wisdomm literature of the Old Testament? What is needed now that Christianity is no longer primarily a Western religion is to connect Christian thought to its roots in world rather than Western (Greek) tradition alone. Can we hope for a volume three in the series?
author, Jesus and the Religions of Man
The other gripe I had is that while the Table of Contents is all linked up the end notes are not. That means if you are interested in following up a particular point the author made in a chapter you will spend a good 15 minutes trucking through slow loading TOC's, then End notes just to find your particular note. At which point you've probably forgotten what you were looking for in the first place.
The book is excellent, however the Kindle experience leaves a lot to be desired.