The first followers of Jesus were not drawn from the intellectual and social elite of their day, but rather from artisans, tax collectors, and the more disreputable members of society. Yet out of such seemingly insignificant beginnings, a seed was planted by his teaching, his cross, and his resurrection which was destined to spread its shade over the entire known world. What had begun as an essentially Jewish movement founded on the preaching of the Messiah became, with amazing speed, a religion that was accepted by pagans, Goths, Franks, and more. This book traces the growth of the church and the development of Christian philosophy through the first centuries.
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Anthony Meredith, S.J. was for many years a member of the faculty of theology at Oxford, and tutor in patristics at Campion Hall. He also taught at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the author of The Cappadocians and Gregory of Nyssa.