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Pagans and PhilosophersThe Problem of Paganism from Augustine to Leibniz$
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John Marenbon

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691142555

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691142555.001.0001

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Prelude: Before Augustine

Prelude: Before Augustine

(p.19) Chapter 1 Prelude: Before Augustine
Pagans and Philosophers

John Marenbon

Princeton University Press

This chapter provides a prelude into the terms of the Problem of Paganism, as it would be discussed in the West until the end of the seventeenth century. It begins by looking at the earliest Christian reaction to ancient paganism, in the New Testament texts which became points of reference in later discussions. Elements of the Problem of Paganism are found from very early in the Christian tradition: not in the Gospels, set in their firmly Jewish environment, but in the Acts of the Apostles and in Paul's letter to the Romans. The chapter then offers a glimpse of how the problem was addressed by Christians in the ancient world, before Augustine transformed it for the Latin tradition.

Keywords:   ancient paganism, Christianity, Problem of Paganism, Augustine, Acts of the Apostles

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