Early Christian thought
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Early Christian thought book
Christianity is inconceivable without taking seriously its Jewish roots and evolution in the early centuries of the Common Era. In this light, Christianity is monotheistic, professing belief in an all-good, powerful creator who made and sustains a good cosmos into which sin has entered through disobedience. The most important point to note at the beginning of early Christian thought concerning evil is that, in keeping with Jewish teaching, creation was not the result of violence and combat between good and evil or between amoral supernatural powers. However much subsequent, even contemporary Christian theology has sought to 'demythologize' scripture, any form of Christianity in continuity with its origin must take seriously the belief that there are life-denying forces, vice, cruelty, suffering, death itself, all of which are deemed (from a traditional Christian point of view) to be evil or bad.