For Us and For Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church
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^The belief that Christ is the God-man is definitive of Christian orthodoxy and imperative to a right understanding of the gospel. By the middle of the fifth century, the church had wrestled with many challenges to the biblical portrayal of Christ and, in response to those challenges, had formulated the doctrine of Christ that remains the standard to this day. This look to the past helps as Christians contend with present-day challenges and seek to answer Christ's question--"Who do people say that I am?"--for those living in the twenty-first century. ^For Us and for Our Salvation tells the very human story of the formation of the doctrine of Christ in those early centuries of the church. A glossary, numerous charts and timelines, and some helpful appendices make the book accessible and user-friendly. Primary source materials from key theologians and councils complement the engaging narrative.
Meet the Author
Stephen J Nichols
Stephen J. Nichols (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is a professor at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School. He has written several books, including in the A Guided Tour series including Pages from Church History: A Guided Tour of Christian Classics, J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought and An Absolute Sort of Certainty: The Holy Spirit and the Apologetics of Jonathan Edwards. He lives with his wife and two sons in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
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Understanding the person and work of Christ is crucial to a solid Christian faith. Stephen Nichols examines these important doctrines in light of the writings of the early church fathers. He pays particular attention to three controversies and the people at the centre of them. At first glance, it seems that the struggles are just disagreements over minor issues. However, the implications of these debates are still felt today. After each discussion, Nichols includes a selection of writings from the church fathers contemporary to the issue. These writings give the reader a taste of some of the foundational writing of the church apart from the Bible itself. I found this was very helpful but some writings were not as useful or clear as others. Overall, it is a good book that introduces an important part of church history and historical theology that is sometimes overlooked.