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.
This work examines the extant primary sources of the Christian doctrine of God from the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea to the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople.
"A great work. . . . As a resource book, this study of Arianism could not be bettered. It is thorough and comprehensive, a lasting work of scholarship and as such a fitting memorial to its author."--Expository Times
R. P. C. Hanson (1916-88) was Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham; professor of theology, University of Nottingham; and professor of historical and contemporary theology, University of Manchester. His numerous scholarly publications include Allegory and Event: A Study of the Sources and Significance of Origen's Interpretation of Scripture.