Brad Green’s edited volume is a delight. In eight very meaty chapters we are treated to an analysis and commentary on Irenaeus, Tertullian (by Gerald Bray), Origen, Athanasius, the Cappadocians (by Robert Letham), Augustine, Anselm, and Thomas Aquinas.
With the possible exception of Augustine, these are certainly not the best known names of church history amongst evangelicals, and so this excellent collection of clear and theologically rich chapters is most welcome.
The book as a whole gives the reader a sense of how major issues of Christian faith have been wrestled with and developed over the centuries, and particularly in the early and medieval period on which we are often less strong. There is serious engagement with the primary texts in each chapter, and some very serious bibliographies at the end for those who want to explore further into this unfamiliar terrain.
The only real criticism might be that one might wish for perhaps a little more critique at times, though contributors are certainly careful in how they suggest we ought to appropriate the work of these great thinkers.
This review first appeared in Churchman 128/2 (2014).