Preface; 1. Life and works; Part I. Economy and Mobility: 2. Divine plan/economy and mobility; 3. Scripture; 4. Philo and Clement: from divine oracle to true philosophy; Part II. Divine Reciprocity: 5. God beyond God and God within God: the known centre of the unknown God; 6. God beside God: the ellipse; Part III. Faith and Salvation: 7. The spark and ferment of faith (exc 1.1.3); 8. Arguments for faith; 9. Knowledge, sciences and philosophy; 10. Church and heresy; 11. Twofold hope; 12. Love and reciprocity; Conclusion; Appendix.
A comprehensive study of how Clement of Alexandria's writings fused Christianity and classical culture.
Eric Osborn is honorary Professor in History, La Trobe University and Professor Fellow in Classics, University of Melbourne. His most recent publications include Irenaeus of Lyons (2001).
From the hardback review: 'Professor Osborn addressed this subject in 1957 in his Philosophy of Clement of Alexandria. Now, almost 50 years later, he returns to it with this detailed and concise study. He (Osborn) has taken care to make it accessible: Greek terms are transliterated, and passages are translated. It will be enjoyed not only by those with a special interest in patristic theology, but by a wider readership. They will be introduced to an influential but underestimated pioneer of Christian theological thinking, and will be excited by the broad vision and perceptive insights of a highly creative thinker.' Church Times From the hardback review: 'Eric Osborn has written what will surely become the standard introduction to the thought of Clement of Alexandria. Osborn's treatment provides a detailed analysis and careful appreciation of the thought of Clement. It will not only serve as a standard text on this topic, but, moreover, opens up fresh ways of understanding this highly significant early Christian figure.' Expository Times From the hardback review: '... combines the fermented wisdom of fifty years with the exhileration of one who has rediscovered a friend of his youth ... this is the most astute, the most impassioned and the most learned introduction to Clement's thought that has yet been offered to the English-speaking reader.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History From the hardback review: 'This book is indeed analytic ... But the book is also synthetic. Osborn brings together Clement's often scattered statements on given themes and shows how these fit together to form a 'pilgrim theology'. A remarkable feature of the book is the notion, advanced more than once, that Clement's path-breaking 'fusion of faith with Plato's search for the best reason' ... this rewarding book is demanding ... Osborn provides helpful summary bibliography ... a subject index, and indices of citations from Clement, the Bible, and ancient authors ... This book deserves to be read widely, by patrologists, scholars of classical philosophy, historians of the early Church, theologians, and those working in relating fields. Students of Clement, in particular, will be grateful for Osborn's continued commitment to teach through writing.' Andrew Dinan, Ave Maria University From the hardback review: 'This book deserves to be read widely, by patrologists, scholars of classical philosophy, historians of the early Church, theologians, and those working in related fields. Students of Clement, in particular, will be grateful for Osborn's continued commitment to teach through writing.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review