Academic journal article Theological Studies

Les Forces Du Bien et Du Mal Dans Les Premiers Siecles De L'eglise

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Les Forces Du Bien et Du Mal Dans Les Premiers Siecles De L'eglise

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LES FORCES DU BIEN ET DU MAL DANS LES PREMIERS SIECLES DE L'EGLISE. Edited by Yves-Marie Blanchard, Bernard Pouderon, and Madelaine 8eopello. Paris: Beauchesne, 2010. Pp. 414. $156.70.

The volume gathers the 22 papers presented at the Fourth International Colloquium on Patristic Studies held at the University of Tours, France, September 11-13, 2008. The event was organized by the Department of Greek Literature at the University in collaboration with the faculty of theology at the Institut Catholique in Paris and the Centre Lenain de Tillemont at the Sorbonne.

The colloquium's theme express'ed in the volume's title, namely, The Forces of Good and Evil in the Early Centuries of the Church, is divided into three parts. The first focuses on "Good and Evil: A Philosophical Problematic" and opens with Bernard Pouderon's superb 30-page stage-setting paper on "The Origin of Evil according to the Greek

Apologists: Matter and Spirit." (Pouderon organized all four colloquia scheduled every four years from 1996.) He shows us the insights into the problem of evil in the works of Justin, Athanagoras, Theophilos, Aristides, Tatian, and Melito of Sardis in their own words and with his analysis of them. Other papers in this part include one on Tertullian's views on the origin of moral evil, and another on the poetry of St. …

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