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John Chrysostom on Divine Pedagogy: The Coherence of his Theology and Preaching

David Rylaarsdam


Contrary to the portrayals of John Chrysostom as a theologically impaired, moralizing sophist, this study argues that his thinking is remarkably coherent when it is understood on his own terms and within his culture. Chrysostom depicts God as a teacher of philosophy who adaptably guides people toward salvation. Since the theme of divine adaptability influences every major area of Chrysostom’s thought, tracing this concept provides a thorough introduction to his theology. It also explains, at least in part, several striking features of his homilies, including his supposed inconsistencies, his h ... More

Keywords: Chrysostom, pedagogy, paideia, adaptability, theology, philosophy, Christianization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198715382
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198715382.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Rylaarsdam, author
Calvin Theological Seminary