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The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381
R.P.C. Hanson
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First published in 1988, Hanson's study of the Trinitarian conflicts of the fourth century combines exacting research with clear composition to provide the standard English-language description of the Arian/Nicene controversy. His translation and synthesis of primary and secondary literature and illuminating opinions about patristic theology and exegesis turn this complex period into an intelligible---even dramatic---story. 960 pages, softcover from Baker.
     

 

 
Arius: Heresy & Tradition, RevisedArius: Heresy & Tradition, Revised
Rowan Williams
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Arius is widely considered to be Rowan Williams' magnum opus. Long out of print and never before available in paperback, it has been newly revised. This expanded and updated edition marks a major publishing event.

Arianism has been called the "archetypal Christian heresy" because it denies the divinity of Christ. In his masterly examination of Arianism, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was actually a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an attempt to unite traditional biblical language with radical philosophical ideas and techniques and was, from the start, involved with issues of authority in the church. Thus, the crisis of the early fourth century was not only about the doctrine of God but also about the relations between emperors, bishops, and"charismatic" teachers in the church's decision-making. In the course of his discussion, Williams raises the vital wider questions of how heresy isdefined and how certain kinds of traditionalism transform themselves into heresy.

Augmented with a new appendix in which Williams interacts with significant scholarship since 1987, this book provides fascinating reading for anyone interested in church history and the development of Christian doctrine.
     


 

 
The Trinitarian ControversyThe Trinitarian Controversy
William G. Rusch
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This volume is a collection of primary texts that illustrates the lengthy process by which the early Christians reached a coherent doctrine of God. The period under discussion, generally known as the trinitarian controversy dates from around AD 319, the preaching of Arius, to about AD 419, the completion of Augustine's On the Trinity. The documents reveal the unfolding of the theological process in which the church was seeking to distinguish its faith from paganism and to affirm the salvific character of its message.
     

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