Doctrines of God and Christ in the Early Church

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Everett Ferguson
Taylor & Francis, 1993 - Religion - 315 pages
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An integrated overview of history The volume in this series are arranged topically to cover biography, literature, doctrines, practices, institutions, worship, missions, and daily life. Archaeology and art as well as writings are drawn on to illuminate the Christian movement in its early centuries. Ample attention is also given to the relation of Christianity to pagan thought and life, to the Roman state, to Judaism, and to doctrines and practices that came to be judged as heretical or schismatic. Introductions to each volume tie the articles together for an integrated understanding of the history. Offers insights and understanding The aim of the collection is to give balanced and comprehensive coverage, selected on the basis of the following criteria: original and excellent research and writing; subject matter of use to teachers and students; groundbreaking importance for the history of research; background information for issues and opinions. Understanding the development ofearly Christianity and its impact on Western history and thought offers valuable insights into the modern world and the present state of Christiantiy. It also provides perspective on comparable developments in other periods of history and reveals human nature in its religious dimension.
 

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Contents

The Early Christian Doctrine of
1
Some Reflections on the Origins of the Doctrine of the Trinity
14
The Concept of Divine Substance
29
Athanasius of Alexandria and the Foundation
43
Uncreated and Created Unbegotten and Begotten in
55
Arius and the Arians
66
Some Categories Reconsidered
87
Eusebius and the Council of Nicaea
102
Tradition Exegesis and the Christological Controversies
141
A Reconsideration of Alexandrian Christology
165
Justinian and the Three Chapters Controversy
217
The Origen of the Monophysite Church in Syria
241
The Icons Before Iconoclasm
265
The Concept of the Image in the Greek Fathers and
279
Acknowledgments
313
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Insight or Incoherence? The Greek Fathers on God and Evil
127

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Everett Ferguson (PhD, Harvard) is professor emeritus of Bible and distinguished scholar-in-residence at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he taught church history and Greek. He is the author of numerous works, including Backgrounds of Early Christianity, Early Christians Speak, and Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries. He was also general editor of the two-volume Encyclopedia of Early Christianity.

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