Let me illustrate from Brown's presentation of Ambrose of Milan
, which fails to do justice to the evidence.
The paper explains how the laity were involved in electing bishops during the time of the early church: "Bishops John Chrysostom, Ambrose of Milan
and Augustine of Hippo, the great bishops of the Patristic era, were selected with the people's involvement.
This exploration of the Early Fathers' thought on work concentrates on Basil of Caesarea, John Chrysostom, Ambrose of Milan
, and Augustine as major figures that laid the foundations of an idea of work that is at the same time theological and ethical-political.
Bishop Ambrose of Milan
constructed a church in honor of the apostles and imported relics, "reflecting his desire to establish Milan as a new Rome" (p.
Concerning help offered to the poor, Ambrose of Milan
said, "When giving to the poor man, you are not giving him what is yours; rather you are paying back to him what is his.
on the other hand, convincingly shows that Augustine's early understanding of the Trinity was much more indebted to his pro-Nicene predecessors, such as Hilary of Poitiers, Victorinus, and Ambrose of Milan
than has been previously generally acknowledged, and that Augustine's reading of these and other pro-Nicene authors nourished his growing understanding of the trinitarian mystery.
In recent years, the writings of Ambrose of Milan
have enjoyed a revival of interest in historical and theological circles.
Probably because I spend too much time with Ambrose of Milan
, but I like to think of a bishop as a preacher and an expositor of Scripture, what I Timothy calls "an apt teacher.
Ambrose of Milan
and Augustine's mother Monnica--the African spelling of her name--who had embraced the Old Testament as part of their canonical scripture.
When he chose Ambrose of Milan
as the patron for his school, he chose someone who was an advocate for the poor and a leading political figure of his age, as well as a musician, scholar, and architect, which reinforced his belief that what happens at a university should relate to its neighborhood.
Williams, Ambrose of Milan
& the end of the Arian-Nicene Conflicts (Oxford, 1995); C.
Saint Ambrose of Milan
refuses the emperor Theodosius I admittance to a church.