The Trinitarian Theology of Dr. Samuel Clarke (1675-1729): Context, Sources, and Controversy

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BRILL, 1997 - History - 234 pages
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This volume deals with the trinitarian debate in early eighteenth-century England. Samuel Clarke's trinitarian thought represents a reappraisal of that doctrine in the light of early modern philosophy and close Patristic study. This work utilizes current studies on the fourth-century debate, recent evaluations of Latitudinarianism, and previously unpublished theological manuscripts of Sir Isaac Newton's, to shed light on Clarke's treatment of this central Christian doctrine. The conclusion calls for a reclassification of Clarke's thought by historians of doctrine. The volume is organized in three parts. The first examines Clarke's intellectual milieu, the second treats his use of sources, and the third evaluates his role in the Trinitarian controversy. Students of Latitudinarianism, the doctrine of the Trinity and Isaac Newton's thought will all profit from this discussion. In addition, those interested in the relationship between science and religion will benefit.

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Chapter One Clarkes Intellectual Milieu
Chapter Two Clarke within His Context
Chapter Three Clarke and the Patristic Doctrine of God
Chapter Four Clarke and Newton
Chapter Five The Literature of the Trinitarian Controversy
Chapter Six Clarke and Waterland
Index of Names and Places

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Thomas C. Pfizenmaier, Ph.D. (1993) in Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, is Senior Minister, Bonhomme Presbyterian Church, Chesterfield, Missouri. He is the author of an article in the "Journal of the History of Ideas" entitled, "Was Isaac Newton an Arian?"/

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