The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy 318-381 AD

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A&C Black, 2005 - Arianism - 960 pages
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First published in 1988, The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God is still considered by many scholars to be the finest work on the Arian Controversy. Examining scholarly works on the Controversy and many original texts, Professor Hanson, provides a clear understanding of how the traditional and historic doctrine of God as the Holy Trinity reached its most mature and enduring form. The author is not primarily concerned to defend the orthodox position itself, but rather to discover and examine the formation of that orthodoxy. The history of the events - the Councils, the interventions of the Emperor, the rivalries of sees, the behaviour of bishops, the varying fortunes of the different schools of thought and their leaders - is interwoven with the progression of thought and doctrine during the sixty years of the Controversy. Professor Hanson sees the problem of the reconciliation of two concepts which were both part of the very fabric of Christianity - monotheism and the worship of Jesus Christ as divine.
  

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User Review  - Franklin Tait - Goodreads

A very good book - though inexcusable, thoughtless comments on Athanasius' understanding of the Incarnation. This is a must have book on the history of the Arian Controversy. Read full review

Review: The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381

User Review  - Steven Wedgeworth - Goodreads

So it's a million pages long and slightly dated at this point. You still NEED this book. It starts to answer everything and does a pretty good job at it. Read full review

Contents

The Early utJ ters of Arius
19
Chapter y The Antecedents of Arius
60
The Rationale of Arianism
99
Events Leading to Nicaea
129
The Council of Nicaea
152
Semantic Confusion
181
Eustathius and Marcellus
208
The Behaviour of Athanasius
239
The Western ProNicenes II
507
The Western ProNicenes HI Marius Victorinus
531
Homoian Arianism
557
The NeoArians
598
Athanasius and his Heirs
639
The Cappadocian Theologians
676
The Doctrine of the Spirit
738
The Council of Constantinople
791

Attempts at Creedmaking Phase One 341349
274
Attempts at Creedmaking Phase Two 350357
315
Attempts at Creedmaking Phase Three 357361
348
Eusebius of Emesa and Cyril of Jerusalem
387
The Doctrine of Athanasius
417
The Western ProNicenes I Hilary of Poitiers
459
The Development of Doctrine
824
Bibliography
878
General Index
901
Index of Modern Authors
922
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a neuropsychologist and meditation teacher. He is cofounder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and edits the Wise Brain Bulletin. Richard Mendius, MD, is a neurologist and cofounder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. Foreword writer Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is executive director of the Mindsight Institute and an associate clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. Preface writer Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA.

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