Life in the Trinity: An Introduction to Theology with the Help of the Church Fathers

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InterVarsity Press, Sep 28, 2009 - Religion - 248 pages
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What can the early church contribute to theology today? Although introductions to Christian theology often refer to its biblical foundations, seldom is much attention paid to the key insights the early church had into the nature of Christian faith and life. Donald Fairbairn takes us back to those biblical roots and to the central convictions of the early church, showing us what we have tended to overlook, especially in our understanding of God as Trinity, the person of Christ and the nature of our salvation as sharing in the Son's relationship to the Father. This book will prove useful to beginning theology students as well as advanced theologians who want to get at the heart of the Christian gospel.
 

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Review: Life in the Trinity: An Introduction to Theology with the Help of the Church Fathers

User Review  - Joel Wentz - Goodreads

Fairbairn's work is a very helpful balance to the many theology introductions that predominate Western schools and seminaries, though he is, in fact, a Westerner himself. His central premise, that ... Read full review

Review: Life in the Trinity: An Introduction to Theology with the Help of the Church Fathers

User Review  - Stephen Hiemstra - Goodreads

We live in an age of disconnect. American society empowers the individual in the mistaken notion that individuals are autonomous beings. As Janis Jopelin sang, “Freedom means nothing left to loose ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction Getting Started in Christian Theology
1
The Heart of Christianity The Sons Relationship to the Father
13
From the FatherSon Relationship to the Trinity and Back
38
Life as It Was Meant to Be A Reflection of the FatherSon Relationship
59
What Went Wrong? Our Loss of the Sons Relationship to the Father
85
The Promise Gods Preparation of the World for His Son
108
The Incarnation The Only Son Becomes the Firstborn Son
130
Redemption Gods Gift of his Sons Relationship to the Father
157
Becoming Christian Entering the Sons Relationship to the Father
184
Being Christian Another Look at Reflecting the FatherSon Relationship
204
Suggestions for Reading Four Church Fathers
234
Index of Names and Subjects
238
Scripture Index
245
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About the author (2009)

Donald Fairbairn is the Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a part-time professor at Evangelische Theologische Faculteit in Leuven, Belgium. He received his Ph.D in patristics from University of Cambridge in England and his books include Grace and Christology in the Early Church (Oxford University Press) and Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes (Westminster John Knox Press).

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