Early Christian Doctrine: Revised Edition

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Harper Collins, Mar 29, 1978 - Religion - 528 pages
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This revised edition of the standard history of the first great period in Christian thought has been thoroughly updated in the light of the latest historical findings. Dr. Kelly organizes an ocean of material by outlining the development of each doctrine in its historical context. He lucidly summarizes the genesis of Chrisitian thought from the close of the apostolic age to the Council of Chalcedon in the fifth century--a time teeming with fresh and competing ideas. The doctrines of the Trinity, the authority of the Bible and tradition, the nature of Christ, salvation, original sin and grace, and the sacraments are all extensively treated in these pages.

This revised edition of Early Christian Doctrines includes:

  • Sweepingly updated early chapters
  • Revised and updated bibliographies
  • A completely new chapter on Mary and the saints
  

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Good book, enormous amount of research, author tries his best at fairness. Read full review

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In this book, JND Kelly outlines in satisfying detail the development of Christian theological orthodoxy through the first five centuries CE. This entails discussions of the most fundamental ... Read full review

Contents

THE BACKGROUND I
3
TRADITION AND SCRIPTURE II
29
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES III
52
CHAP PACE
83
THIRDCENTURY TRINITARIANISM 1 Introduction
109
THE BEGINNINGS OF CHRISTOLOGY VI
138
MAN AND HIS REDEMPTION
163
The West in the Third Century
174
The Arians and Eustathius 28l 3 The Christology of Athanasius
284
Apollinarianism
289
The Orthodox Reaction
295
The Antiochene Christology
301
THE CHRISTOLOGICAL SETTLEMENT
310
Cyril of Alexandria
317
From Ephesus Towards Unity
323
The Case of Euryches
331

The Doctrine of Man in the East
178
Eastern Views of the Work of Christ
183
THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
189
Early Views of the Sacraments
193
Developments in the Doctrine of the Church
200
Baptism in the Third Century
207
Progress in Eucharistic Doctrine
211
The Penitential Discipline
216
PART III
221
THE NICENE CRISIS
223
The Teaching of Arius
226
The Theology of Nicaea
236
The Aftermath of Nicaea
237
The Nicene Party and Athanasius
240
The AntiNicenes
247
THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY
252
Athanasius
255
the Cap padocians
258
The Cappadocians and the Trinity
263
The Trinity in the West
269
The Contribution of Augustine
271
CHAT MCI
280
The West and Leo
334
The Chalcedonian Settlement
342
FALLEN MAN AND GODS GRACE
344
Athanasius and the Fall
346
The Greek Fathers
348
The West Before Augustine
353
The Doctrine of Pclagius
357
Augustine and Original Sin
361
Grace and Predestination
366
The Western Settlement 359
369
The East in the Fifth Century
372
CHRISTS SAVING WORK
375
Athanasius
377
Fourthcentury Greek Fathers
380
The West in the Fourth Century
386
CHAP
401
THE LATER DOCTRINE OF THE SACRA
422
THE CHRISTIAN HOPE
459
MARY AND THE SAINTS
490
INDEX
501
ACO E Schwartz Acta conciliorum oecumenicorum
510
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J.N.D. Kelly is Principal of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, England. He is acknowledged internationally as an authority on patristic Christian thought. Dr. Kelly is also the author of Jerome, which Library Journal "highly recommended for every serious religious collection."

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