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Three Treatises on the Divine Images (Popular Patristics)Three Treatises on the Divine Images (Popular Patristics)
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The first complete translation ever of these seminal treatises! Here are learned, powerful appeals for the use of the visual arts in the churches, clarifying how representations of God's likeness are not idolatrous. Rather, icons can be books for the illiterate, pique human curiosity, and invigorate faith. 164 pages, softcover.
     

 

 
A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early ChurchA Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church
Franz Dunzl, Andrew Louth
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A brilliant condensation of the issues leading up to the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325 and how they continued into the Council of Constantinople in A.D. 381. Reveals what the church fathers believed about the Godhead; the terminology and models they used; political infighting; the long-range consequences of decisions made. 148 pages, softcover. T. & T. Clark.
     

 
Partakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development  of Deification in the Christian TraditionPartakers of the Divine Nature: The History and Development of Deification in the Christian Tradition
Michael J. Christensen, Jeffery A. Wittung
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Here Orthodox, Protestant, and Catholic scholars explain "deification"---that we are created not simply to be saved from sin, but to be transformed into God's image---revealing a centuries-old biblical concept central to the doctrine of salvation in various traditions. A comprehensive exploration of Paul, John, Greek philosophy, Anselm, the Reformers, Wesley, Rahner, and more. Andrew Louth contributor.
     

 

 

 
Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic FathersEarly Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers
Maxwell Staniforth
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The writings in this volume shed a glimmer of light, in an otherwise dark period, on the emerging traditions and organizations of the infant Church. They are a selection from a group known as the Apostolic Fathers, so-called because several of the authors were most likely disciples of the Apostles themselves. Like much of the New Testament, their writings take the form of letters, and for the most part deal with practical problems of the life of the early Church, as it struggled in the face of persecution to establish itself in the Roman world. They give us a picture of Christianity still drawing on the theology and traditions of its parent religion, Judaism.
     

 
Denys the AreopagiteDenys the Areopagite
Andrew Louth

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The writings ascribed to the Athenian convert of St. Paul, Denys (or Dionysius) the Areopagite, made their first appearance the early sixth century. Since then, through the Renaissance and beyond, they have exercised an enormous influence on Christian thought, both in the East and in the West. Yet who their author was remains in soluble mystery. This book explores Denys' theology, which draws both on the great Greek theologians of the fourth century - the Cappadocian Fathers - and on the stridently pagan philosophical tradition of late Athenian Neoplationism, as well as showing affinities with the Christian thought of Syria. In this comprehensive introduction, Andrew Louth explores Denys' theology, presenting a compelling vision of the beauty of God's revelation, joined with a profound awareness of the ultimate mystery of the unknowable God.
     

 
Greek East and Latin West: The Church AD 681-1071Greek East and Latin West: The Church AD 681-1071
Andrew Louth
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In the Greek East & Latin West Andrew Louth gives an account of the Church from the time of the Sixth Ecumenical Synod in 681 to the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. Although "Greek East" and "Latin West" are becoming distinct entities during this time period, the author discusses each entity alongside of the other, by observing the points at which their destinies coincide or conflict and noting developments within the whole of the Church rather than laboriously discussing the eventual East/West schism.

Covering events both unique to each region (Iconoclasts in the East and the Carolingian Empire in the West) and shared in common (monastic reform, renaissance, and mission) Louth skillfully portrays two Christian civilizations that share much in their similarities, yet are increasingly incomprehensible to the another. Despite curious synchronisms between East and West, the author demonstrates how two paths diverged from a once common route, and how eventually Byzantine Orthodoxy defined the Greek East over against the Latin West in theological, religious, cultural, and political terms.
     

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