Nicaea and Its Legacy
The first part of Nicaea and its Legacy offers a narrative of the fourth-century trinitarian controversy. It does not assume that the controversy begins with Arius, but with tensions among existing theological strategies. Lewis Ayres argues that, just as we...
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The first part of Nicaea and its Legacy offers a narrative of the fourth-century trinitarian controversy. It does not assume that the controversy begins with Arius, but with tensions among existing theological strategies. Lewis Ayres argues that, just as we cannot speak of one `Arian' theology, so we cannot speak of one `Nicene' theology either, in 325 or in 381. The second part of the book offers an account of the theological practices and assumptions within which pro-Nicene theologians assumed their short formulae and creeds were to be understood. Ayres also argues that there is no fundamental division between eastern and western trinitarian theologies at the end of the fourth century. The last section of the book challenges modern post-Hegelian trinitarian theology to engage with Nicaea more deeply.
Lewis Ayres offers a new account of the most important century in the development of Christian belief after Christ. He shows how the doctrine of the Trinity was developed, and in particular argues that a conception of God's mysteriousness and spiritual progress towards understanding is central^to that doctrine. He also proposes that modern theologies of the Trinity fail to appreciate the depth and power of Nicene trinitarianism.
I. Towards a Controversy 1. Points of Departure 2. Theological Trajectories in the Early Fourth Century I 3. Theological Trajectories in the Early Fourth Century II 4. Confusion and Controversy: AD 325-340 5. The Creation of `Arianism': AD 340-350 II. The Emergence of Pro-Nicene Theology 6. Shaping the Alternatives: AD 350-360 7. The Beginnings of Rapprochement 8. Basil of Caesarea and the Development of Pro-Nicene Theology 9. The East from Valens to Theodosius 10. Victory and the Struggle for Definition III. Understanding Pro-Nicene Theology 11. On the Contours of Mystery 12. `The First and Brightest Light' 13. `Walk Towards Him Shining' 14. `On Not Three Gods': Gregory of Nyssa's Trinitarian Theology 15. The Grammar of Augustine's Trinitarian Theology 16. In Spite of Hegel, Fire and Sword Epilogue: On Teaching the Fourth Century
Dr. Lewis Ayres (D.Phil., Merton College, Oxford University) is Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
Dr. Ayres' research focuses on Augustine and on Greek and Latin Trinitarian theology, Christology, and pneumatology in the fourth and fifth centuries. His next book will be a study of pro-Nicene theologies of the Spirit between 350 and 400. He also studies the development of exegesis between 100 and 500, modern Trinitarian theology (especially its engagement with Patristic thought), modern reception of Augustine.
Ayres is coeditor of the Blackwells series Challenges in Contemporary Theology. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Early Christian Studies and Modern Theology. During 2007-2008 he was on sabbatical as a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology.
Augustine's Trinitarian Theology; The Mystery of the Holy Trinity in the Fathers of the Church (Four Courts Press), coeditor; Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature (Cambridge University Press 2004), coeditor; Nicaea and Its Legacy (Oxford University Press 2004);Christian Origins: Theology, Rhetoric and Community (Routledge 1998), editor
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- I. Towards A Controversy; 1. Points Of Departure; 2. Theological Trajectories In The Early Fourth Century I; 3. Theological Trajectories In The Early Fourth Century Ii; 4. Confusion And Controversy: Ad 325-340; 5. The Creation Of 'arianism': Ad 340-350; Ii. The Emergence Of Pro-nicene Theology; 6. Shaping The Alternatives: Ad 350-360; 7. The Beginnings Of Rapprochement; 8. Basil Of Caesarea And The Development Of Pro-nicene Theology; 9. The East From Valens To Theodosius; 10. Victory And The Struggle For Definition; Iii. Understanding Pro-nicene Theology; 11. On The Contours Of Mystery; 12. 'the First And Brightest Light'; 13. 'walk Towards Him Shining'; 14. 'on Not Three Gods': Gregory Of Nyssa's Trinitarian Theology; 15. The Grammar Of Augustine's Trinitarian Theology; 16. In Spite Of Hegel, Fire And Sword; Epilogue: On Teaching The Fourth Century