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St. James’ Sunday Study Group Lectures
December 8 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The Beginnings of Christian Philosophy
Lecture # 12
Dec. 8, 2019 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, four distinct “ways of being religious” that had already characterized Greco-Roman culture emerged with greater clarity within Christianity. These were: the way of
participation in divine benefits, the way of stabilizing the world, the way of transcending the world, and the way of moral transformation. If we define religion as “a way of life organized around experiences and convictions concerning ultimate power,” we can see that these variations have to do with distinct perceptions of that power and its purpose. This lecture traces the development in particular of the way of moral transformation from the New Testament to the 4th century