Early Christian Doctrines has ratings and 42 reviews. Zack said: Well-written, well-organized by loci (heads of doctrine), and captivating. Though JN. A history of doctrines of the Early Church, written and arranged with exceptional clarity by a leading patristic scholar. Canon Kelly describes the development. Since they were first published, Early Christian Creeds and Early Christian Doctrines have been considered standard texts on the development of early.
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Goodreads helps you keep track cnristian books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Early Christian Doctrines by J. Early Christian Doctrines by J. This revised edition of the standard history of the first great period in Christian thought has been thoroughly updated in the light of the latest historical findings.
Kelly organizes an ocean of material by outlining the development of each christjan in its historical context. He lucidly summarizes the genesis of Chrisitian thought from the close of the apostolic age t This revised edition of the standard history of exrly first great period in Christian thought has been thoroughly updated in the light of the latest historical findings.
He lucidly earlu the genesis of Chrisitian thought from the close of the apostolic age to the Council of Chalcedon in the fifth century–a kkelly teeming with fresh and competing ideas. The doctrines of the Trinity, the authority of the Bible and tradition, the nature of Christ, salvation, original sin and grace, and eatly sacraments are all extensively treated in these pages.
This revised edition of Early Christian Doctrines includes: Sweepingly updated early chapters Revised and updated bibliographies A completely new chapter on Mary and the saints Paperbackrevisedpages. Published March 29th by HarperOne first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Early Christian Doctrinesplease sign up.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Nov 26, Zack rated it it was amazing. Well-written, well-organized by loci heads of doctrineand captivating.
Reading level is between popular and technical. Works of the Fathers are cited, but the prose is accessible to educated and thoughtful popular audiences. Sep 11, Brent McCulley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kelly simply does a fantastic job at surveying the history and evolution of early dogma through the fifth century.
He treats each topic as its own, but runs through each one chronologically, and footnotes the Fathers in the primary sources voluminously. We trace the history of the evolution of Theology proper, Christology, The Sacraments, Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Eschatology, and he even completes the book with the evolution of Mariology.
Sarly treatment is well balanced, and fair, and kwlly th Kelly chrisrian does a fantastic job at surveying the history and evolution of early dogma through the fifth century. Kelly’s treatment is well balanced, and fair, and is the standard go to for then history of early dogma.
While more work and new research has pressed certain prevailing theories out of the way for new ones, especially in the area of Chalcedon theology, Alexandrian “school” vs. Antiochene, the theology of Theodore of Mopseustia, chhristian. Jan 19, David Goetz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Kelly judiciously and lucidly explicates doctrinal development and settlement in the Church from the Apostolic Fathers up through the Council of Chalcedon.
He breaks the book up into three major parts: Each part contains chapters on particular lociso it’s not only a great overall snapshot of development in the early Church but also an accessible and pr An invaluable work. Each part contains chapters on particular dlctrinesso it’s not only a chgistian overall snapshot of development in the early Church but also an accessible and pretty concise reference for anyone looking to explore the early development of any particular doctrine and to get a brief introduction to the major players.
During my first evening at Union Theological Seminary an older student solicited my attention to certain boxes of books. He was about to graduate and wanted to unload his old coursebooks. I bought it and a host of other tomes.
His advice was correct. Looking at it, I find notes christixn the margins and an almost indecipherable notecard. Reading it was like reading any well wri During my first evening at Union Theological Seminary an older student solicited my attention to certain boxes of books. Reading it was like reading any well written, single-author textbook. It is dry and to the point. Not to long, but very thorough. An essential volume to any Christians library. Jun 10, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is a tour de force of early Christian beliefs.
Kelly touches every christiwn Father of the Church from the Apostolic Age to the 6th century as well as many relatively minor figures from the early Church. If you chirstian to know what the early Christians believed, I highly recommend this book to you.
I caution, though, that in order to get the most out of this book you must have a thorough knowledge of the history of Christianity for the first six centuries at least. This book is already This book is a tour de force of early Christian beliefs.
This book is already pages long, so there’s little time for Kelly to stop along the way to explain historical developments. The book is not even done in chronological order other than perhaps separating the Apostolic Fathers and Apologists from the later Fathers into two different sections of the book; the primary division of the book, though, earpy thematic.
Nonetheless — read this book if you’re interested in knowing what the earliest Christians believed! May 08, Peter B. This was a valuable read. I would like to read more of the church fathers’ own writings, but this was a great overview.
While the early church was generally imprecise with its doctrines although they could get very precise when that was needed, e. This book kelpy me, not doctriines learning what the early church taught, but also the process of development that goes This was a valuable read. This book helped me, not only learning what the early church taught, but also the process of development that goes on with theological understanding.
If you want a good understanding of what the early church taught and debated, this is the christlan to get.
Early Christian Doctrines
A classic work on early Christian theology. Age alone is beginning to wear at its usefulness. Dec 29, Reese Walling rated it really liked it.
An objective and extremely enjoyable examination of the patristic doctrines, J. Kelly does a great job of examining the key studies of Trinitarian, Christological, and Ecclesiastical from the post-apostolic age to the end of the fifth century. Through this book, I was able to catch a dotrines of the keloy church thought on the Christian’s salvation usually including the concept of deificationthe nature of the Godhead in essence and in the economy of salvation, the incarnation of the Son and all it entails for both His person and how it relates to our salvation, and even an enjoying examination on the early church fathers’ views on eschatology end times.
This served well as an entry into the early patristic thought. Though lacking in in-depth analysis often, Kelly’s goal set out from the beginning was to give a picture of the forest without looking too much at the trees. I couldn’t have been more satisfied. Jun 27, Phillip Howell rated it it was amazing. This book was not fun to read but it is an amazing source of information. It is packed with content and depth. It is hard to keep track of all the people he talks about at times.
It is likely kely useful for serious students of church history. Christin is dry reading but I personally learned chrlstian much that it was doctrinws the effort. Jul 09, Del Herman rated it it was amazing. Magisterial book by the great Early Church scholar, theologian, and Anglican priest J.
D Kelly, describing the development of doctrine in Early Christianity dating from the influences coming from the Greek and Jewish worlds through the Council of Chalcedon in the mid-5th Century.
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Incredibly informative and thorough on the main issues pressing up against the pre-Medieval church. Nov 03, Christian Proano rated it really liked it. Great book, just bear in mind that as accurate as he tries to be, you won’t get the full picture and force of each Father’s argument unless you actually read what they wrote and not just a quotation here and there.
So feel free to use this as a to read list of Church Fathers. Aug 27, Richard Worden rated it it was amazing. A classic study of the development of Christian doctrines.
The book has a valuable introduction to Gnosticism. Oct 13, Tiago Cunha rated it really liked it Shelves: A technical, extensive, and detailed account of the development of the Christian doctrines from the Apostolic Fathers to the Council of Chalcedon. Sep 18, Austin Mcgrath rated it really liked it. Great primer and outline on early christian doctrine! Will be a useful resource. Mar 19, Russ rated it it was amazing Shelves: The standard and justifiably a classic.
I go back to it regularly.