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. Early Christian Doctrines has ratings and 42 reviews. Zack said: Well-written, well-organized by loci (heads of doctrine), and captivating. Though JN.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Theology of Nicaea. Jun 27, Phillip Howell rated it it was amazing. Kelly writes with moderation and a good grasp of the ‘big picture’ providing ddoctrines solid synthesis which serves equally well as an introduction to the history of theology and as a reference work for the serious student of theology.

He lucidly summarizes the genesis of Chrisitian thought from the close of the apostolic age t 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.

Nonetheless — read this book if you’re interested in knowing what the earliest Christians believed! The Doctrine of Man in the East.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Antiochene, the theology of Theodore of Mopseustia, etc. Good book, enormous amount of research, author tries his best at fairness. As we come to appreciate the time it took for theology to develop, it is an encouragement to modern-day theologians to patiently persevere, as we combat the falsehoods of our day.

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What this means is that we should not expect that theological faithfulness will be easy. Jun 10, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: If you want a good understanding of what the early church taught and debated, this is the book to get.

Well-written, well-organized by loci heads of doctrineand captivating. The reader is introduced to the major contributors to debate on each issue, the ph In this book, J.

Early Christian Doctrines

First, there is a greater appreciation for the chronological development of theology. Oct 13, Clay rated it liked it.

Dryly-written, restrained, and erudite, Kelly is a reliable scholar of the early Fathers and has earned the trust of generations of the faithful. By using doctgines website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

It is in this context that J. The reader is introduced to the major contributors to debate on each issue, the philosophical and Scriptural underpinnings of their arguments, and the spectrum of fates to which history assigned their thought, from Catholic orthodoxy to heretical footnote.

This book helped me, not only learning what the early church taught, but also the process of development that goes This was a valuable read. I would like to read more of the church fathers’ own writings, but this was a great overview. When you need exhaustive detail, however, this is the book to have. Selected pages Title Page. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here And christiam 18, added in the fifth edition, covers the approach of early theologians to Mary and the Saints.


There are three ways in which this book helps the reader to grow in kelpy appreciation of the theology we have been handed down through the ages.

From the Gnostics to Doctines, from Docetism to the Donatists, it is through controversy and opposition that the doctrine of the Church is refined and sharpened and developed. Sep 18, Austin Mcgrath rated it really liked it.

This book helped me, not only learning what the early church taught, but also the process of development that goes on with theological understanding. The Case of Eutyches. Aug 27, Richard Worden rated it it was amazing. Athanasius and the Fall.

Early Christian Doctrines: J. N. D. Kelly: Continuum

A classic study of the development of Christian doctrines. For example, the East played a much larger role in the development of Christology, while for most of that period, the Christology of the West was undeveloped. Kelly Limited preview – The doctrines of the Trinity, the authority of the Bible and tradition, the nature of Christ, salvation, original sin and grace, christiann the sacraments are all extensively treated in these pages.

It seemed to be presented in a very Catholic way, but was not unfair to the thinkers themselves, even not those supporting ideas later deemed heresy. Aug 30, Lucas Bradburn rated it really liked it Shelves: