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Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine

Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine

Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine

Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine


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Khaled Anatolios, a noted expert on the development of Nicene theology, offers a historically informed theological study of the development of the doctrine of the Trinity, showing its relevance to Christian life and thought today. According to Anatolios, the development of trinitarian doctrine involved a global interpretation of Christian faith as a whole. Consequently, the meaning of trinitarian doctrine is to be found in a re-appropriation of the process of this development, such that the entirety of Christian existence is interpreted in a trinitarian manner. The book provides essential resources for this re-appropriation by identifying the network of theological issues that comprise the "systematic scope" of Nicene theology, focusing especially on the trinitarian perspectives of three major theologians: Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, and Augustine. It includes a foreword by Brian E. Daley.

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ISBN-13: 9781441231956
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 340
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Khaled Anatolios (PhD, Boston College) is associate professor of historical theology in the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is the author of Athanasius: The Coherence of his Thought and the Athanasius volume in Routledge's Early Church Fathers series.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Development as Meaning in Trinitarian Doctrine

1. Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology: History and Interpretation

Before Nicaea

The Early Stages of Controversy

Crisis and Resolution

Categories and Interpretation

2. Development of Trinitarian Doctrine: A Model and Its Application

Common Experience at the Threshold of Nicaea

Trinitarian Theologians of Unity of Will

Trinitarian Theologians of Unity of Being

3. Athanasius: The Crucified Lord and Trinitarian Deification

The Divinity of the Crucified and the Christian Story of Salvation

Constructing a Trinitarian Hermeneutics

Nicaea and the Dialectic of Scripture and Doctrine

Theology of the Holy Spirit

Christian Life in the Trinity

4. Gregory of Nyssa: The Infinite Perfection of Trinitarian Life

The Doctrine of Against Eunomius

A Trinitarian Systematic Theology of the Catechetical Oration

Theology of the Holy Spirit

Defining the Trinity? Three Hypostaseis, One Ousia

Christian Life in the Trinity

5. Augustine's De Trinitate: Trinitarian Contemplation as Christological Quest

Augustine's Trinitarian Epistemology

Scriptural Exposition of God as Trinity

The Trinitarian Image in Humanity

Human Certainty and Seeing the Trinity

Conclusion: The Systematic Scope of Nicene Trinitarian Doctrine


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