Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology, Volume 13

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OUP Oxford, Oct 28, 2004 - Religion - 475 pages
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The first part of Nicaea and its Legacy offers a narrative of the fourth-century trinitarian controversy. It does not assume that the controversy begins with Arius, but with tensions among existing theological strategies. Lewis Ayres argues that, just as we cannot speak of one `Arian' theology, so we cannot speak of one `Nicene' theology either, in 325 or in 381. The second part of the book offers an account of the theological practices and assumptions within whichpro-Nicene theologians assumed their short formulae and creeds were to be understood. Ayres also argues that there is no fundamental division between eastern and western trinitarian theologies at the end of the fourth century. The last section of the book challenges modern post-Hegelian trinitarian theology toengage with Nicaea more deeply.

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Review: Nicaea and Its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology

User Review  - Jacob Aitken - Goodreads

For the most part Ayres gives us a magisterial survey and exposition of the Nicene era. His goal is to identify and commend what he terms a “pro-Nicene” theology. His second goal is to combat a ... Read full review

Review: Nicaea and its Legacy: An Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology

User Review  - Charlie - Goodreads

This is probably the best interpretation of fourth-century Trinitarian theology of reasonable length. It is quite dense, though, and should not be used an introduction. Several of Ayres' claims cut ... Read full review

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Lewis Ayres is Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at the Candler School of Theology and the Graduate Division of Religion, Emory University.

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