The Sculptor and His Stone
Selected Readings on Hellenistic and Christian Learning and Thought in the Early Greek Fathers
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Archbishop Chrysostomos has not produced merely a simple collection of texts. If one follows them step by step, he will certainly decipher a golden thread that goes deeper into the history of the birth of the Orthodox Christianity which was in time to come to age as the Universal Orthodox Church. . . . The subject matter is complex and difficult. Nevertheless [the book] commends itself as an easy, fruitful, erudite, and spiritual reading."
--Remus Rus, Romania
"This fine book illustrates how early Christian thought synthesized Jewish revelation with Greek philosophy and literature, integrating intellectual knowledge with spiritual understanding. The articles illustrate this synthesis with a number of topics, such as the relationship between soul, body, and spirit. Metropolitan Chrysostomos' clear Introduction encourages readers, in the current anti-Christian culture, to understand the powerful truths and insights of the early Christian writers."
--Jeffrey Burton Russell, Professor of History, emeritus, University of California, Santa Barbara
"This engaging collection of essays, which explores the dynamic relationship between Hellenistic thought and the writings of the Greek Fathers, opens a double window on Christianity and the classical world. What readers will find here are vistas certain to inform their understanding of the link between the wisdom of Homer and Sophocles, Plato and Aristotle, and the divine revelations of patristic tradition."
--Christopher Merrill, author of Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain
"The publication of this new volume . . . is very welcome. The possibility to study in greater depth the attitudes of the early church fathers who wrote in the Greek language towards classical learning is very important. . . . May this book be a source of information, inspiration and encouragement for many people of good will."
--Hieromonk Gorazd (Vopatrny), Director of the Institute of Eastern Christianity, Hussite Faculty of Theology, Charles University in Prague