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An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine Paperback – June 1, 2007
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This classic of Christian apologetics, considered a foundational work of 19th-century intellectualism on a par with Darwin's Origin of Species, is must reading not only for the faithful but also for anyone who wishes to be well educated in the fundamentals of modern thought.
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"It is very observable that, ingenious as is their theory and sometimes perplexing to a disputant, the Monophysites never could shake themselves free of the Eutychians; and though they could draw intelligible lines on paper between the two doctrines, yet in fact by a hidden fatality their partisans were ever running into or forming alliance with the anathematized extreme. Thus Peter the Fuller the Theopaschite (Eutychian), is at one time in alliance with Peter the Stammerer, who advocated the Henoticon (which was Monophysite). The Acephali, though separating from the latter Peter for that advocacy, and accused by Leontius of being Gaianites (Eutychians), are considered by Facundus as Monophysites. Timothy the Cat, who is said to have agreed with Dioscorus and Peter the Stammerer, who signed the Henoticon, that is, with two Monophysite Patriarchs, is said nevertheless, according to Anastasius, to have maintained the extreme tenet, that "the Divinity is the sole nature of Christ.Read more ›
N.B. - this is *not* the same thing as saying that revelation must be ongoing. The faith itself may be delivered once and for all, in it's entirety. What needs time to develop, and what can never be truly completed, is the systematic exposition of what that faith means, and why it is so rather than otherwise. For example, that there is a God is an article of the Creed that can be communicated once and adhered to forever. But why there should be a God, and only one rather than five or six, and why that God should have such attributes as He is said to possess - these matters are the doctrines that are historical and developmental, and each of them will in turn raise more questions that will need to be answered. Revelation is finished, but theology, the explanation of revelation, is a continuously growing enterprise.Read more ›
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book came as promised as regards delivery and condition--that is all i can ask for.--as regards to the book, I love Blessed John Henry CardinalNewman.Published 4 months ago by Dennis Dwyer
A technical report on the development of Christian Doctrine. Useful in debating changes in church doctrines.Published 14 months ago by J
It is an essay, not a novel. Cardinal Newman is one of the deepest thinkers in the 20th century. So this book is a very fruitful read.Published 15 months ago by gloria
A challenging read due to the older style of writing. Not for casual reading. Comprehensive, excellent,deep. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Book bum
This gave me a great understanding of the early church fathers and how they validate todays Catholic/Orthodox liturgy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by An open mind
The 19th century style and erudition is a lot to tackle. This edition seems to be an imprint of a 19th century edition and can be hard to read. Read morePublished on December 21, 2013 by D. Tillman