A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-10-30
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark
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A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity narrates the formation of this crucial concept in a concise and illuminating manner. Using the writings of the Church fathers as a starting point Dunzl presents the story afresh in a way that even those closely familiar with the field will find engaging and innovative. The disputes over the theology of the Trinity are vividly evoked, pointing out the foundations of the doctrine and the decisive shifts in its development. The often bitter discussion surrounding this development is seen not as a barren dispute but as an evolutionary process in which rivalry is a necessary and positive factor in furthering the debate.

Author Biography

Franz Dunzl is Professor of Early Church History and Patristics at the University Wurzburg, Germany

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. ix
Introduction to the Problemp. 1
The Beginnings of Christologyp. 3
First Models of the Relationship between 'Father' and 'Son'p. 11
The Controversy between Logos Theologians and Monarchiansp. 21
The Concern of Arius of Alexandria and the Reaction of his Opponentsp. 41
The Intervention of Emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicaeap. 49
The Development in the Period after the Councilp. 61
The Theological Split in the Empirep. 71
Serdica - the Failed Imperial Councilp. 79
Constantius II and the Quest for a Theological Compromisep. 87
The Assembling of the Neo-Nicenesp. 99
The Question of the Holy Spiritp. 117
The Council of Constantinople and the Agreement with the Westp. 123
Prospectp. 133
Bibliographyp. 141
For Further Readingp. 143
Mapp. 144
Indexp. 145
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