Holy Trinity: Holy People
Teaching on the sanctification of Christians using the difficult word "perfection" has been part of Christian spirituality through the centuries. The Fathers spoke of it and Augustine particularly contributed his penetrating analysis of human motivation in terms of love. Medieval...
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Teaching on the sanctification of Christians using the difficult word "perfection" has been part of Christian spirituality through the centuries. The Fathers spoke of it and Augustine particularly contributed his penetrating analysis of human motivation in terms of love. Medieval theologians such as Bernard and Thomas Aquinas developed the tradition and wrote of levels or "degrees" of "perfection" in love.However, the doctrine has not fared so well among Protestants. John Wesley was the one major Protestant leader who tried to blend this ancient tradition of Christian "perfection" with the Reformation proclamation of justification by grace through faith. This book seeks to develop Wesley's synthesis of patristic and Reformation theology in order to consider how Christian "perfection" can be expressed in a more nuanced way in today's culture. Noble examines what basis may be found for Wesley's understanding of sanctification in the central doctrines of the church, particularly the atonement, the doctrine of Christ, and the most comprehensive of all Christian doctrines, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. What he sets out is a fully trinitarian theology of holiness.
T. A. Noble (Ph.D., University of Edinburgh) is Senior Research Fellow in Theology at the Nazarene Theological College, Manchester and Professor of Theology at the Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City. He is the author of Tyndale House and Fellowship: The First Sixty Years (IVP) and Called to Be Saints: A Centenary History of the Church of the Nazarene in the British Isles, 1906-2006 (Didsbury Press)
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- Preface Abbreviations 1 Preliminaries 2 Christian Perfecting In Holy Scripture 3 Christian Perfecting In Church Tradition 4 Wesley's Doctrine Of Christian Perfecting 5 Reformulating Wesley's Doctrine Today 6 Christian Holiness And The Atonement 7 Christian Holiness And The Incarnation 8 Christian Holiness And The Holy Trinity 9 Reflecting The Holy Trinity Bibliography Index