- Paperback: 442 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press (August 15, 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226653714
- ISBN-13: 978-0226653716
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.9 inches
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The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Vol. 1: The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition (100-600) Paperback – August 15, 1975
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The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition is the history of this critical, troubled time. Pelikan focuses upon the subtle relation between what the faithful believed, what teachers--both orthodox and heretical--taught, and what the church confessed as dogma during its first six centuries of growth. In constructing his work, Pelikan has made use of exegetical and liturgical sources in addition to the usual polemical, apologetic, and systematic or speculative materials.
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The main point of this study was to overview the doctrines of the church throughout history, not study the actual history that was going on during the times that doctrines were developed. This makes it even more interesting because dates and places are not often mentioned, mean that the book is very much focused on a long line of evolving thought as opposed to random events and places. There is a lot of cool information that made this book worth it. For example, I had never known that Tertullian was a Montanist, I never knew that Augustine so readily defended infant baptism, plus I got a front seat primer on Cyril of Alexandria's major beliefs (which I sort of knew, but I got details), plus more!!!
I cannot recommend this book enough! I can't wait to crack open the second one!
In this first volume, Pelikan sets the stage by describing the religious and philosophical milieu into which Christianity was born, and from which Christianity inherited so much. Anyone who believes that the history of Christian doctrine is a thick, black, straight line may be suprised at the nuances and odd directions that doctrine took among some persons in some places at some times. Also, to what degree did eventually heterodox persons play in the development of orthodox doctrine? Example: Pelikan has some interesting observations of Tertullian's proto-Montanism vis-a-vis the personality of the Holy Spirit and the development of trinitarian thought. And while not a major criticism, Pelikan is a little weak when it comes to the Aramaic influences in very early Christian thinking; check out Fr. Joseph Fitzmyer's various Dead Sea Scrolls studies for that important aspect.
Pelikan's strengths, and they are significant, are in the tracking the development from Paul and other early Christians of the separation of Christians from "law" into "grace," and the effects of that movement with regard to salvation. He also tracks the development of Christology, stopping along the way to examine variant thinking (such as "angel Christology") that reflected other competing traditions. How was Christ divine? How was Christ human? Pelikan examines how early Christians answered these questions and reconciled the apparent paradox.
Of tremendous interest to me was the section on "Nature and Grace." What is "sin"? And how does the Christian reconcile his responsibility to live *as* a Christian and also acknowledge God's sovereignty? Pelikan steps through the written deposit of early Christian thinking of the first 600 years - some calm, some polemical and filled with the hyperbole that comes in the struggle to be heard - and organizes it for both the scholar and the enthusiastic and somewhat informed ordinary reader.
Pelikan also retains a delightful balance, always knowing what the value of his work is. Before launching into this five volume work that will occupy so much of his professional life, he observes in the first lines of this volume that "doctrine is not the only, not even the primary, activity of the church. The church worships God and serves mankind, it works for the transformation of the world and awaits the consummation of its hope in the next. 'Faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love' - love, and not faith, and certainly not doctrine." Amen, Dr. Pelikan. Still, this *is* a work on the development and history of doctrine. I accept it for what it is, and, that, it does very, very well.
The patristic era is fascinating, and the more so with Pelikan's setting the developments forth in a fashion which makes all the "pieces of the puzzles" come together. I found it extremely enlightening, and would highly recommend this and the other books in the series.