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The Church has not simply been influenced by books by Christians, says John Pritchard. Others have also had considerable effect

THE Christian Church has always been in conversation with its intellectual context. St Paul was quick to interact with Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in his debates on Mars Hill, and so began a noble history of lively dialogue between secular writing and the Church.

Christian thinkers soon engaged with Plato's views on the nature of reality, and Aristotle's approach to happiness and ethics. Plato's most famous book was The Republic, while Aristotle left us only lecture ...

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