Robert Louis Wilken is William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia. His previous books include The Christians as the Romans Saw Them and The Land Called Holy: Palestine in Christian History and Thought, both available in paperback from Yale University Press.
"Magnificently learned and deeply felt... An attentive reader of Wilken, whether believer or nonbeliever, will be touched anew by his survey of Christian intellectual life." Michael Dirda, Washington Post Book World; "This is not a book written for the academy but for all readers... Wilken provides for a new generation a sense of what is important about those astonishing teachers of the early church who instructed the ages after them." Luke Timothy Johnson, America"