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And you shall sleep restful nights" (St. Ephraim the Syrian).

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Development of Nicene Trinitarian Doctrine

Khaled Anatolios, author of magisterial works on Athanasius the Great, has a new book coming out in October: Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine (Baker Academic, 400pp.).

About this book, which carries a slew of endorsements from Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant theologians, the publisher tells us:
Khaled Anatolios, a noted expert on the development of Nicene theology, offers a historically informed theological study of the development of the doctrine of the Trinity, showing its relevance to Christian life and thought today. According to Anatolios, the development of trinitarian doctrine involved a global interpretation of Christian faith as a whole. Consequently, the meaning of trinitarian doctrine is to be found in a reappropriation of the process of this development, such that the entirety of Christian existence is interpreted in a trinitarian manner. The book provides essential resources for this reappropriation by identifying the network of theological issues that comprise the "systematic scope" of Nicene theology, focusing especially on the trinitarian perspectives of three major theologians: Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, and Augustine. It includes a foreword by Brian E. Daley.
The contents in brief:
Foreword by Brian E. Daley
Introduction: Development as Meaning in Trinitarian Doctrine
1.   Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology: History and Interpretation
2.   Development of Trinitarian Doctrine: A Model and Its Application
3.   Athanasius: The Crucified Lord and Trinitarian Deification
4.   Gregory of Nyssa: The Infinite Perfection of Trinitarian Life
5.   Augustine’s De Trinitate: Trinitarian Contemplation as Christological Quest
  Conclusion: Retrieving the Systematic Scope of Nicene Theology
I look forward to further discussion of the book on here and an interview with the author in the coming weeks. The book will receive expert scholarly attention in Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies.

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