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Bibil Identifier bibil:203810
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Christianity as Philosophy: Problems and Perspectives of an Ancient Intellectual Project
Author Löhr, Winrich
Journal Vigiliae Christianae (Volume: 64, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 160-188 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The article explores the profile, context and consequences of Christianity's self definition as a philosophy in the ancient world. It proposes a distinction between, on the one hand, the practice of teaching philosophy in small Christian schools, and, on the other hand, an intellectual discourse that proclaimed Christianity as the true and superior philosophy. It is argued that Christianity's self definition as a philosophy should not be viewed as merely an accommodation to an intellectual fashion. It is shown how Christianity could be understood and practised as a philosophy in the ancient sense of the word. However, as a philosophical practice Christianity underwent a transformation in the 4th century which prevented the emergence of a late antique Christian scholasticism and gave rise to new combinations of Christianity and non-Christian philosophy.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Philosophy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Identity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : School (Sociological Phenomenon)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Origen
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Ancient Christian Literature : Texts and Authors (Church Fathers) : Texts and Authors : Augustine
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