Imatge de l'autor
14+ obres 2,851 Membres 13 Ressenyes 1 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Christopher A. Hall (PhD, Drew University) is the director of Renovar Institute of Christian Spiritual Formation. He is associate editor of the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, and his books include Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, and mostra'n més Worshiping with the Church Fathers. mostra'n menys

Inclou el nom: Hall Christopher Alan

Crèdit de la imatge: InterVarsity Press

Obres de Christopher A. Hall

Obres associades

Life in the Spirit: Spiritual Formation in Theological Perspective (2010) — Col·laborador — 90 exemplars
Ancient Faith for the Church's Future (2008) — Col·laborador — 65 exemplars
Talking Doctrine: Mormons and Evangelicals in Conversation (2015) — Col·laborador — 28 exemplars
The Blackwell companion to Paul (2011) — Col·laborador — 25 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Data de naixement



It takes a delicate touch to explain things by invoking the inexplicable. The author does a great job of using analogy and solid theology to help explain why God being a mystery is not only a sufficient explanation for significant theological issues but a necessary one.

Sometimes the book is a little dry and academic, but it is well worth plowing through slowly and thinking about each section.
Skybalon | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Mar 19, 2020 |
Highly recommended if the title intrigues you or if you just want a first book to start to enter historical theology. I have a very difficult time believing there is a better book out there to introduce the idea of reading with the fathers, especially at this trim 200 pages. It's not perfect, of course, but I think my wish for additional dialogue with other traditions (Hall is an Episcopalian) could only be fulfilled if this book were a whole lot longer.
nicholasjjordan | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Nov 13, 2019 |
In Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers Christopher Hall helps us through this cultural confusion, introducing us to the early church, its unique world, and the sights and sounds of Scripture that are highlighted for them. As Hall points out, the ancient fathers hear music in Scripture where we remain tone-deaf. Despite their occasional eccentricities, theirs is a hearing refined through long listening in song, worship, teaching, meditation and oral reading. And like true masters they challenge and correct our modern assumptions as they invite us to tune our ears to hear the divine melodies of the Bible.… (més)
StFrancisofAssisi | Hi ha 7 ressenyes més | Oct 13, 2019 |
Summary: An exploration of what we might learn from the church fathers about lives well lived, touching on everything from martyrdom to entertainment.

We turn to a variety of sources to figure out how to live well, sources ranging from lists on websites, to self-help books, to mentors and "life coaches," to the scriptures. Christopher Hall, in the concluding volume of a four volume series, explores what the early fathers of the church, speaking out of a very different context than ours, can teach us about living wisely. Summarizing this four-part project and the focus of this final volume, Hall writes:

"What did these ancient Christians--whose thoughts and practices continue to be read, pondered, discussed, debated, and embraced today--think about the Bible, God, worship, and prayer? More importantly for this book, how did the fathers answer a very specific question: How can God's image bearer learn to live a good life, a life nourished by the values of the kingdom of God, a life of deep and lasting human flourishing, a life filled with love for God and neighbor? If, as Athanasius puts it, transgression has 'taken hold' of human beings, and 'natural corruption' now characterizes the human condition, how can God's image bearers be made right again--made right not only in our relationship to God but in relationship to one another and to the entire created order?" (p. 2)

An introduction explores the context of the fathers and the kinds of issues they confront, particularly our moral disposition and passion, concluding with the kinds of questions we might ask ourselves in the course of this study. Hall then addresses seven topics on which the fathers taught and their relevance to us:

Wealth and Poverty
War and Military Service
Sex and the Dynamics of Desire
Life as Male and Female, and the Goodness and Beauty of Marriage
Life and Death

What Hall helps us appreciate is the distinctive message of the fathers, who speak the counsels of God from a very different cultural context than our own. For example, martyrdom was an ever present threat, one that could be avoided by an offering to the emperor, an easy ritual. Many refused, and died, even as is occurring in many parts of the world. A life of peace for Christians, assumed in the West, has often not been our lot and raises the question of whether there is any cost to our discipleship and where we might place our ultimate allegiance.

On wealth and poverty, Hall recounts a sermon of Chrysostom on Lazarus and the rich man and the issue of whether we live with discretion with our wealth, using it to bless and thus fulfilling the purpose of wealth in our lives and others. Hall helps us understand the pacifism of the early church, the uneasy change to more of a "just war" perspective post-Constantine, and challenges us to wrestle with the sometimes unequivocal refusal of the church to kill.

The following two chapters focus on sexuality, gender, and marriage. We often consider the ancients terribly repressed. Hall observes that contrary to the body-denying nature of gnosticism, the fathers recognized the realities of sexual desire, both how this might harm, and the goodness of marriage and marital sexuality. He deals honestly with the problems of linking celibacy and the priesthood in the west. He also reminds us of the significant roles of women, including Macrina, who might be numbered the "Fourth Cappadocian." Hill also points out the uncompromising opposition of the fathers to any form of homosexual intimacy.

One of the briefest, yet most pointed chapters lays out the strongly affirmative life ethic from cradle to grave in a society where abortion was commonly practiced, children abandoned, as well as the sick and dying in times of plague. The church adamantly refused to abort, rescued abandoned children and nursed the sick, at risk to themselves. Finally, in a challenge to our modern entertainment culture, often fascinated with gore, we learn of the refusal of the church to join the celebration of the violent gladiatorial games, recognizing how such things might create "dead zones" in our own lives.

The last chapter is truly a capstone, returning to the fundamental questions of how we live well. We learn of how the fathers diagnosed our problem of disordered loves and the disciplines of askesis that allow the rhythms of grace to reorder our affections in love for God and neighbor.

This work plainly whets our appetites for the fathers, and their counter-cultural message that may re-orient our perspectives and affections. Perhaps this was a part of earlier volumes, but I would have welcomed an appendix or suggested readings at the end of each chapter to go deeper with the fathers. One might track down ideas from the notes but recommendations of good editions and starting points could be helpful.

Hall has done us a great service in helping us to hear the distinctive voices of the fathers -- their writings and sermons. Not all the good books have been written in the last ten years! There is a durable heritage of wise thought rooted in scripture directed toward a concern good pastors down the ages have always had--how to help God's people enjoy God, love their neighbors and live well.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
… (més)
BobonBooks | Dec 11, 2017 |


Potser també t'agrada

Autors associats


També de

Gràfics i taules