Margaret A. Schatkin
Title: John Chrysostom as Apologist: With special reference to De incomprehensibili, Quod nemo laeditur, Ad eos qui scandalizati sunt, and Adversus oppugnatores vitae monasticae
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Patriarchikon Hidryma PaterikoÌ'n MeletoÌ'n January 1987
Seller ID: 86997
Printed in Greece, this hard-to-find book presents the finest, most scholarly, and most comprehensive interpretation available today of the apologetics of St. John Chrysostom. Both before and after becoming a bishop, Chrysostom defended the reasonableness of Christianity and presented evidence of its truths in his homilies, treatises, and copious writings. His arguments were directed to those outside the faith, such as Jews and heretics, but also to those within the community of believers who had fallen into errors such as superstition, disbelief in the resurrection, idle curiosity about God, or persecution of monastics. Schatkin, a theology professor at Boston College, examines in detail selected texts (including five homilies on The Incomprehensibility of God and a diatribe on divine providence sent to the Deaconess Olympias), setting forth each work's context and the opponents to whom it was addressed as well as its method, content, and logic. She underscores Chrysostom's use of Scripture (he considered Paul the model apologist) and pagan literature; his emphasis on praxis, or ethics (what we do, he contended, is even more important than what we say); and his adaptation of literary style and reasoning to various audiences. Apologetics emerges in these pages as a living force that renews itself in each age and circumstance. The author's erudition is beyond reproach, although non-scholars should prepare to encounter quite a few quotations in the original Greek, Latin, German, and French. 288 pp.