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We Believe in One God (Ancient Christian Doctrine) Hardcover – May 18, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0830825318 ISBN-10: 0830825312 Edition: y First printing

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  • Series: Ancient Christian Doctrine (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 201 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic; y First printing edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830825312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830825318
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Series: This exciting five-volume series follows up on the acclaimed Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture to provide patristic commentary on the Nicene Creed. The series renders primary Greek, Latin, Coptic and Syriac source material from the church fathers in lucid English translation (some here for the first time) and gives readers unparalleled insight into the history and substance of what the early church believed. Including biographical sketches, a timeline of ancient Christian sources, indexes, bibliographies and keys to original language sources as well as the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed in Greek, Latin and English (ICET version), this series illuminates key theological essentials in the light of classic and consensual Christian faith and makes an excellent resource for preaching and teaching.

About the Author

Gerald L. Bray (Ph.D., La Sorbonne) is a professor at Beeson Divinity School of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, and director of research at Latimer Trust. He has written and edited a number of books on different theological subjects. A priest of the Church of England, Bray has also edited the post-Reformation Anglican canons.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Watts VINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
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As a followup to the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series, InterVarsity Press has issued a series on what many consider the most important creed formulated by Church councils - the Niceno-Constantinoplitan. (Compared to the Nicene Creed of 325, it does had major additions developed after the serious Arian controversies in the 4th century.) For the editors, this Creed is a binding tool of ecumenicalism which is shared by Catholic, Orthodox and most Protestants alike, so it is only natural that any series on ancient Christian doctrine which is meant to solidify what is consider orthodox focus on this creed.

In the chapters, the reader finds a consistent voice supported by mainstream theologians of the period, from the close of canon to the 8th century. One of the benefits/detractions is that the Editor uses only those writers who can be interpreted in the orthodox light, and only their orthodox writings. While this is acceptable if the intent is to issue a commentary on the creed, the reader may want to obtain other books for a history of the development of the Creed of 381.

Each chapter, as given below, opens with the the stanza in Greek, Latin, and English with the phrase to be supported in bold. The Editor then goes on to give a historical context of the particular phrase. This is followed by an overview which essentially is a summary, complete with references to the Fathers, of the forthcoming commentary. This overview is creedal in of itself in that it is short sentences from the various writers which you are about to read.

The chapters themselves are made up of short sayings by various authors including those who ended their Christian life less orthodox than one would like to believe, such as Tatian and Tertullian.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brandon W on July 19, 2009
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The major topics that Bray highlights in this volume are drawn from the first article of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. He addresses faith and scripture, the nature of God, God as Father, God as almighty, God as creator, creation itself, and things seen and unseen. The first article is the shortest and most likely the oldest article of the Creed. With that being the case, Bray traces much of the theology from this section back to the earliest Christian writers. Of course, since the later patristic authors tended develop their theology more thoroughly, they are often cited as well. The book is a little short when compared to the volumes in the sister series (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture), but it also covers a very short portion of text.

While selecting sources for the patristic commentary, Bray sought to choose texts that not only represented the early Christian doctrine, but ones that were also valuable to spiritual formation of the modern reader. The main goal of the book is to "foster the edification of Christian believers" (xli), although Bray also notes that the book should prove helpful to scholars and others less interested with that goal. The book follows the trajectory of the "classical church fathers" and so voices from other forms of Christianity at the time are omitted--which is not surprising because it is a commentary on the Nicene Creed.

The sampling of texts used in the commentary are easy to navigate and the selections are generally very relevant. The selections are also nicely footnoted with pointers to source material, cross references, and explanatory notes. Unfortunately, there aren't notes on the translation of the Greek and Latin texts themselves, and those interested in the original languages will have to consult other editions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul T. McCain on June 5, 2009
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I'm absolutely delighted to see that the tremendous Ancient Christian Commentary series is now being harvested for this new five volume series on Ancient Christian Doctrine. It is heartening to see that Christians who, in the past, have been somewhat dubious about the fathers of the early church, and for that matter the whole notion of "creeds" are returning once more to the ancient roots of the Christian Faith. This series of books offers key quotes from the main thinkers in the patristic era of the Christian Church, identified in this series as starting in 95 a.d. and continuing to 750 a.m. These five volumes, beginning with this first volume, walks through the Nicene Creed, phrase by phrase, and offers the insight of the church fathers, "allow us to think with the church" as Timothy George notes well on the back slip cover.

The volumes are a tad slim for my tastes, but one could argue that to provide more than is here would overwhelm and intimidate. These are nicely presented texts, that will, God willing, open a door on the ancient church fathers and provide many with their refreshingly insightful comments on the core truths of the Christian faith.
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