Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine Hardcover – October 1, 2011
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From the Inside Flap
In this volume 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 and examines 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. Retrieving Nicaea 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.
From the Back Cover
--George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
"Khaled Anatolios's new book is a welcome addition to the flood of revisionary scholarship on patristic trinitarian theology in the last twenty years. Anatolios's treatment helps us to see the perennial importance of the key figures of the fourth and fifth centuries for all of our thought on this central mystery of the Christian faith. The clarity of his exposition and his constant desire to draw out the consequences of historical exposition mean that this book will find a treasured place on the bookshelves of theologians and theology students across the board."
--Lewis Ayres, Bede Professor of Catholic Theology, Durham University
"This volume is a welcome addition to the trinitarian renaissance of the last decades. Transcending the distinction between 'historical' and 'systematic,' Anatolios guides us through the work of three key fathers--Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, and Augustine. This opens to us the broader coherence of a trinitarian theology, which touches every aspect of Christian existence under the primacy of Christ, and a clear theological epistemology. Retrieving the vision of those who gave shape to Nicaea in this way will, I am sure, bear much fruit and give great shape to Christian vision today."
--John Behr, dean and professor of patristics, St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
- Publisher : Baker Academic (October 1, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 080103132X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0801031328
- Item Weight : 1.5 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,486,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If there is one thing I did not like, it had nothing to do with Anatolios's own work but rather with the presentation of the book. The font size throughout is small, which makes the text longer than it appears. It can feel like you are not making much progress, which can be frustrating, especially for students.
If you are looking for a first introduction to fourth century Trinitarian theology, this book is not for you. This book assumes that the reader has a background in Theology or Philosophy (or at least, a willingness to read and reread each paragraph). Moreover, Anatolios' uses an extensive vocabulary to express himself clearly and concisely. The arm-chair theologian would likely find this extensive vocabulary to be a hindrance and not a help.
Also, if you are looking for an historical book explaining the relationship between Church councils and Empire, this book is not for you. This book almost exclusively deals with theology.
If you are looking for a book that trivializes the arguments of "heretics" and presents them as straw-men simply to be knocked over, this book is probably not for you either. Anatolios succeeds in presenting the arguments of each of the authors under consideration as consistent and thoughtful theologians.
However, if you are looking to expand your personal library of academic books on fourth century theology, this book should be on your desk.
Top reviews from other countries
The first two introductory chapters are the best I have read as to being an overview of the current of thought at the time of the Trinitarian controversies and what was at stake in these. It may be a bit of an advanced read but it certainly will reward close reading (and rereading) with its many riches!!