From Patristics to Early Christian Studies

Elizabeth A. Clark

in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Studies

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780199271566
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 From Patristics to Early Christian Studies

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Charles Kannengiesser's presidential address to the North American Patristics Society in 1990 was a lament originally titled ‘Bye, Bye Patristics’. Most of the classically educated French scholars who had revitalized patristics as part of what Kannengiesser termed ‘the spiritual and humanistic revival in Europe after World War II’ were dead, and educational support for these studies in Europe was dwindling. This article describes the passage from ‘patristics’ to ‘early Christian studies’. It also examines how patristics emerged as a discipline by looking at France, Germany, and Great Britain.

Keywords: Charles Kannengiesser; France; Germany; Great Britain; patristics

Article.  15014 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Religious Studies

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