Way to Nicaea : Formation of Christian Theology

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  • Copyright: 2001-07-01
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[The] uneasy relationship between Orthodoxy and critical theology is being transcended in some of our younger Orthodox theologians. The most striking, and hopeful, example is the work by John Behr. Professor Behr does not take refuge in easy answers and his Orthodoxy is radical not conservative... This is, therefore, a demanding book, requiring of its readers careful attention: but such attention will be richly repaid. Andrew Louth, from the Foreword This first volume, of the Formation of Christian Theology series, treats the initial three centuries of the Christian era. Part I examines the establishment of normative Christianity on the basis of the tradition and canon of the Gospel and briefly sketches the portrait of the Scriptural Christ inscribed in the New Testament. Part II analyzes selected figures from the second century Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr and Irenaeus of Lyons considering how they understood Christ to be the Word of God. Part III turns to the third century, treating Hippolytus and the debates in Rome, Origen and his legacy in Alexandria and Paul of Samosata and the Council of Antioch, in a continued examination of Christ as the Word and Son of God. These debates form the background for the controversies and Councils of the following centuries, to be examined in subsequent volumes.

Author Biography

John Behr is Associate Professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii
Foreword ix
Andrew Louth
Introduction 1(8)
PART ONE The Gospel of Jesus Christ 9(62)
The Tradition and Canon of the Gospel According to the Scriptures
The Scriptural Christ
PART TWO The Word of God 71(64)
Ignatius of Antioch
Justin Martyr
Irenaeus of Lyons
PART THREE The Son of the Father 135(102)
Hippolytus and the Roman Debates
Origen and Alexandria
Paul of Samosata and the Council of Antioch
Epilogue 237(6)
Bibliography 243(14)
Index 257

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