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Nicaea and its Legacy : An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology - Lewis Ayres

Nicaea and its Legacy

An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2004
ISBN: 9780198755067
Number Of Pages: 496

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The first part of Nicaea and its Legacy offers a narrative of the fourth-century trinitarian controversy. It does not assume that the controversy begins with Arius, but with tensions among existing theological strategies. Lewis Ayres argues that, just as we cannot speak of one `Arian' theology, so we cannot speak of one `Nicene' theology either, in 325 or in 381. The second part of the book offers an account of the theological practices and assumptions within which pro-Nicene theologians assumed their short formulae and creeds were to be understood. Ayres also argues that there is no fundamental division between eastern and western trinitarian theologies at the end of the fourth century. The last section of the book challenges modern post-Hegelian trinitarian theology to engage with Nicaea more deeply.

...an impressively learned and very wide-ranging work. Anthony Meredith SJ, Irish Theological Quarterly The author's extensive erudition and knowledge of primary and secondary sources...make his achievement almost as remarkable as his initial ambition... This approach to pro-Nicene theology offers some illuminating insights... I maintain my stance on the opposite bank, but am glad to be able to salute a book of such good scholarship and stimulus from the other bank. Maurice Wiles, The Journal of Theological Studies [A] meticulously researched monograph. Andreas J Kostenberger, Faith and Mission, Vol. 23, No. 2 ...this is a marvellous book that reaches its goals in an admirable way. Johan Leemans a true theological adventure Scripta Theologica

I. Towards a Controversy 1: Points of Departure 2: Theological Trajectories in the Early Fourth Century I 3: Theological Trajectories in the Early Fourth Century II 4: Confusion and Controversy: AD 325-340 5: The Creation of `Arianism': AD 340-350 II. The Emergence of Pro-Nicene Theology 6: Shaping the Alternatives: AD 350-360 7: The Beginnings of Rapprochement 8: Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology 9: The East from Valens to Theodosius 10: Victory and the Struggle for Definition III. Understanding Pro-Nicene Theology 11: On the Contours of Mystery 12: `The First and Brightest Light' 13: `Walk Towards Him Shining' 14: `On Not Three Gods': Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian Theology 15: The Grammar of Augustine's Trinitarian Theology 16: In Spite of Hegel, Fire and Sword Epilogue: On Teaching the Fourth Century

ISBN: 9780198755067
ISBN-10: 0198755066
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 1st September 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.4  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.89