Nicaea and its Legacy
An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 496
Width: 16.4 cm
Height: 24.2 cm
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 *