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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Want to Read saving…. I believe that this information should be more well known, because there seems to be a great deal of confusion and suspicion about the early Church and how it came about. Aug 27, Richard Worden rated docteines it was amazing. This revised version includes more work on the earlier centuries but it still is lacking one can imagine the previous edition was even more disparate.

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

While more christixn and new research has pressed certain prevailing theories out of the way for new ones, especially in the area of Chalcedon theology, Keply “school” vs. He lucidly summarizes the genesis of Chrisitian thought from the close of the apostolic age to the Council of Chalcedon in the fifth century–a time teeming with fresh and competing ideas. Other editions – View all Early Christian Doctrine: Kelly’s treatment is well balanced, and fair, and is th Kelly simply does a fantastic job at surveying the history and evolution of early dogma through the fifth century.


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Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly

This book is clearly meant to be a reference! Works of the Fathers are cited, but the prose is accessible to educated and thoughtful popular audiences. Written for Mary’s glorification, this described her divinely ordered birth when her parents, Joachim and Anna, were advanced in years, her miraculous infancy jnnd childhood, and her dedication to the Temple, where her parents had prayed that God would give her ‘a name renowned for ever among all generations’.

I couldn’t have been more satisfied. The Arians and Eustathius. Sweepingly updated early chapters Revised and updated bibliographies A completely new chapter on Mary and the saints It is hard to keep track of all the people he talks about at times.

This was a valuable read. 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.

Athanasius and the Fall. Progress in Eucharistic Doctrine.

It made the point that when she was engaged to Joseph he was already an elderly widower with sons of his own; and it accumulated evidence both that she had conceived Jesus without sexual intercourse and that her physical nature had remained intact when she bore Him.

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. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The way in which Kelly discusses the various issues reveals the importance of interpreting the Fathers within the context of their own time, and their own doctrinal struggles.


Magisterial book by the great Early Church scholar, theologian, and Anglican priest J. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. Baptism in the Third Century. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Early Christian Doctrines

Hoekema Limited preview – Kelly’s treatment is well balanced, and fair, and is the standard go to for then history docctrines early dogma. Jul 09, Del Herman rated it it was amazing. A classic work chrisitan early Christian theology. An Anglican priest, Kelly does not obfuscate the fact that he is writing from the perspective of one who believes the essential truths of the faith he is describing, but at no point does this interfere with his balanced, objective exposition of the conflicting viewpoints espoused in the first centuries of that faith’s interpretation and codification.

Looking at it, I docctrines notes in the margins and an almost indecipherable notecard. I would like to read more of the church fathers’ own writings, but this was a great overview.

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