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.
This volume explores the development of the doctrine of the Trinity in the patristic church as a result of the Arian controversy: Arius -- Letter to Eusebius of Nicomedia Arius -- Letter to Alexander of Alexandria Alexander of Alexandria -- Letter to Alexander of Thessalonica The Synodal Letter of the Council of Antioch, A.D. 325 The Creed of the Synod of Nicaea (June 19, 325) The Canons of Nicaea, A.D. 325 Eusebius of Caesarea -- Letter to His Church concerning the Synod at Nicaea Arius -- Letter to the Emperor Constantine Athanasius -- Orations against the Arians, Book 1 Gregory of Nazianzus -- Third Theological Oration concerning the Son Gregory of Nyssa -- Concerning We Should Think of Saying That There Are Not Three Gods to Ablabius Augustine of Hippo -- On the Trinity, Book 9
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