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The Way to Nicaea V1 (Formation of Christian Theology) (Vol 1) (The Formation of Christian Theology, V. 1) Paperback – July 1, 2001
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Behr attempts neither a history of dogma nor a typical patrology. Instead, he offers a provocative thesis which I would summarize as follows: the main line of development in Christian theology portrays Christ incarnate as the argument, the "hypothesis" of Scripture, that is, of the Old Testament, now come in history, and theology remained safely orthodox only when it maintained that living link to Scripture.
Behr cites Aristotle on the role of hypotheses as "the starting points or first principles (archai) of demonstrations" (32), and he continues the interplay of Scripture and the canon of faith throughout the book, most effectively in the section on Christ in the New Testament and the chapter on Irenaeus. This approach enables him to give the most straightforward account I have seen of Irenaeus' doctrine of "recapitulation" (123-30), and it provides good insight into the aims of Origen (169), which could have been developed further in a different sort of book.Read more ›
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This book teaches about TRUE ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY, not the fragmented christianity that has been fallen away from the original design of the church Jesus founded on the 1st day of Pentecost. From the begining there was and still is THE ONE HOLY catholic and apostolic church.
This book explains to the reader the importance of staying on the narrow path, for wide and broad is the path to perdition. By understanding the TRUE christianity in it's purest form one can rest assure that they will not drift into heresies and manmade errors from all the reformations that took place after the great SCHISM of 1054AD.
AFTER the west separated from the east, All denominations came of the RCC, each drifting further and further from the true church. With each separation , reformation new heresies and errors were established in new created churches.
This book will keep you focused on the true christian theology based on the church fathers and not manmade missinterpretations of the word of Christ. Do not forget to complement this book with PART II called FORMATION of CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY volumes I and II "The Nicene faith"
Glory be to God for having such rich food for the soul and for having the TRUE church shown in text in todays antichristian world.