God in Early Christian Thought: Essays in Memory of Lloyd G. Patterson

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Andrew Brian McGowan, Brian Edward Daley, Timothy J. Gaden
BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 407 pages
While the diversity of early Christian thought and practice is now generally assumed, and the experiences and beliefs of Christians beyond the works of great theologians increasingly valued, the question of God is perennial and fundamental. These essays, individually modest in scope, seek to address that largest of questions using particular issues and problems, or single thinkers and distinct texts. They include studies of doctrine and theology as traditionally conceived, but also of understandings of God among the early Christians that emerge from study of liturgy, art, and asceticism, and in relation to the social order and to nature itself.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Who is the Demiurge? Irenaeus Picture of God in Adversus haereses
9
Clement of Alexandria and Discourse
37
Tertullian and the Trinity
61
Use of and Background to the Term
105
Patristic Exegesis and the Arithmetic of the Divine from
123
The Pneumatology
151
Divine Semiotics and the Way to the Triune God in Augustines
163
Trinitarian Theology in Early Christian Anaphoras
239
Theophany and the Invisible God in Early Christian Theology
271
God and the Poor in Early Christian Thought
297
The Persons in God and the Person of Christ in Patristic
323
God and Storms in Early Christian Thought
351
Biblical and ParaBiblical Literature
375
Index Rerum
395
Copyright

Ephrems Doctrine of God
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Andrew McGowan (Ph.D, Notre Dame 1996) is Warden and President of Trinity College, the University of Melbourne. His work on the social and intellectual history of early Christianity includes "Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals" (1999). Brian E. Daley SJ (DPhil, Oxon. 1978) is Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. A historical theologian, his books include "The Hope of the Early Church" (1991) and "Gregory of Nazianzus" (2006) Timothy J. Gaden (Ph.D, Monash 1996) is Dean of the Theological School, College Chaplain and Stewart Lecturer in Theology at Trinity College, the University of Melbourne. His work on the Apostolic Fathers has been published in journals including "Pacifica" and "Colloquium."