This Reading Guide on the Theology of the First Millennium is a follow-up to our guide on the Theology of the Early Christians. The works it contains span basically the years 300-1000 C.E. We include works of practical theology, as well as a couple of historical works that highlight how theology developed in this era.
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The Catechetical Oration
Gregory of Nyssa
The purpose of the treatise is stated in the opening words of the Prologue. It is intended not for catechumens, but for catechists, in order to enable them to present in a rational form to those whom they taught the contents of the Christian revelation. Yet it does not profess to set forth a complete system of doctrine. While it abounds in philosophic thought the aim throughout is practical. The object of the writer is to enable the catechist to remove objections and to win conviction. When he calls to his aid the speculations of philosophers he does so not so much because he regards them as the necessary form of truth as because they provide a common ground for argument. The apologetic character in fact is strongly marked throughout.
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