A history of early Christian doctrine, by one of the world's leading authorities. This book is a comprehensive study of early Christian trinitarian theology and christology - the central issues in patristic theology.
Professor Studer shows how early apocalyptic visions developed into sophisticated, philosophically orientated theology concerning the mystery of God, the world and humankind. From the mystery of the resurrection of Christ from the dead there developed a growing understanding both of the mystery of the living nature of God, in the doctrine of the Trinity, and of the ways God communicates to men and women, above all in the doctrine of the Incarnation.
Basil Studer sets the development of Christian doctrine firmly in the political and cultural context of the Roman Empire. He explores the history and conditions which preceded the advent of specifically Christian ideas, and the transmission and reception of doctrine through to its mature expression in the work of Augustine and other theologians of the fifth and sixth centuries.
While historically perceptive Basil Studer's approach is always that of a theologian concerned about the Church's mission to the contemporary world.
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Father Studer presents in his study an overall view of the history of the Early Christian doctrine and of the teaching concerning our salvation in Jesus Christ. While tracing the historical development of theology he considers in particular the circumstances of Church history and the context of the changing forms of spirituality. The exposition gives an idea of the unremitting, even dogged, struggle by which means early Christianity strove for an authentic expression of its faith, in order to lose nothing of what believers and the whole of humankind share with God through Jesus Christ.About the Author:
Basil Studer, O.S.B. is Professor of Early Church History and Patristics at the Pontifical Athenaeum S. Anselmo and at the Patristic Institute, the Augustinianum, in Rome.
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Book Description Liturgical Pr, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110814655068