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

Paperback | May 3, 2006

byLewis Ayres

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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 which pro-Nicene theologians assumed their short formulae and creeds were to be understood. Ayres also argues that thereis 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 to engage with Nicaea more deeply.

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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' theol...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:May 3, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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I. Towards a Controversy1. Points of Departure2. Theological Trajectories in the Early Fourth Century I3. Theological Trajectories in the Early Fourth Century II4. Confusion and Controversy: AD 325-3405. The Creation of `Arianism': AD 340-350II. The Emergence of Pro-Nicene Theology6. Shaping the Alternatives: AD 350-3607. The Beginnings of Rapprochement8. Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology9. The East from Valens to Theodosius10. Victory and the Struggle for DefinitionIII. Understanding Pro-Nicene Theology11. On the Contours of Mystery12. `The First and Brightest Light'13. `Walk Towards Him Shining'14. `On Not Three Gods': Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian Theology15. The Grammar of Augustine's Trinitarian Theology16. In Spite of Hegel, Fire and SwordEpilogue: On Teaching the Fourth Century