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John Behr is Associate Professor of Patristics at St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary.
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  • Series: The Formation of Christian Theology, V. 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: St Vladimirs Seminary Pr (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881412244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881412246
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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John Behr, professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, has inaugurated a new series in the history of theology (intended to cover the period up to the Second Council of Nicaea) with an interesting and unusual volume on the first three centuries. There is some tension between this book's place in a series and Behr's own project. Though he says "that more attention has been given to understanding earlier writers on their own terms rather than as stages on the way to later landmarks, such as Nicaea and Chalcedon" (5-6), he sometimes slips into the latter approach (for example, 75-76 and 200-201).
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.
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Father John Behr expertly addresses the question of Jesus to the disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" I was very pleased to read this book and found it both critical of and faithful to the apostolic deposit of the faith, as the first Christians understood their experience of the risen Christ. I'll quote Professor Andrew Louth's analysis of the author and the text: "The uneasy relationship between Orthodoxy and critical theology is being transcended in some of our younger Orthodox theologians. The most striking, and hopeful, example is this work by John Behr...Professor Behr does not take refuge in easy answers and...his Orthodoxy is radical not conservative... This is, therefore, a demanding book, requiring of its readers careful attention: but such attention will be richly repaid."
You may also find Jaroslav Pelikan's volume one of "The Christian Tradition" engaging and scholarly. Enjoy!
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Thoroughly Academic, and from an Orthodox standpoint. This book engages your mind with the Orthodox understanding of scripture, and insists that as you engage it, you must encounter the risen Christ, and be changed; otherwise you are not genuinely discerning the Truth or Christ.
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It is rare for the Orthodox to address issues of canon and canonicity. Fr. John Behr is the only one (other than Fr. Georges Florovsky) to address these issues.
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The Way to Nicaea (The Formation of Christian Theology, V. 1) by John Behr.

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.
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