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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: 475

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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.

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"Bold and erudite...This ambitious work justly shows how crucial the study of the fourth century is for understanding traditional or mainstream trinitarian theology, and it has succeeded already in fostering greater conversation toward this end." --Journal of Religion


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: 475
Published: 1st September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.36  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.89