Westminster Handbook to Patristic Theology (Westminster Handbooks to Christian Theology) Paperback – 21 May 2004
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About the Author
John Anthony McGuckin is Anne Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University. A Priest of the Orthodox Church, he was formerly Reader in Patristic and Byzantine Theology at the University of Leeds, England.
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He is not to be faulted: he has the talent and the knowledge to write thousands of pages.
But the reader risks the disappointment of too little information, "rester sur sa faim", as we say in France, still being hungry for knowledge. It's not a bad thing but it is a handbook.
Professor MCGUCKIN's great merit is to write about theology, when too many authors (in France, for instance) pretend to stay on an history path.
I won't discuss in detail what I think were the lost oportunities of Christianity, or the triumph of heresies.
As another starter, I would propose ENCYCLOPEDIA OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY, edited by EVERETT FERGUSON, St James Press 1990,
who stops wisely, I think at the beginnng of the 7th century.
The 9th century is more a reference to the story of the Church than to Christianity.
The two are not the same, sorry.