Item description for The Search for the Christian Doctrine of God: The Arian Controversy, 318-381 by R. P. Hanson...
Overview A thorough and scholarly examination of the extant primary sources for the development of the Christian doctrine of God from the years 325 to 381.
Publishers Description This work examines the extant primary sources of the Christian doctrine of God from the First Ecumenical Council at Nicea to the Second Ecumenical Council at Constantinople. "A great work. . . . As a resource book, this study of Arianism could not be bettered. It is thorough and comprehensive, a lasting work of scholarship and as such a fitting memorial to its author."--"Expository Times"
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.18" Width: 6.06" Height: 1.72" Weight: 2.72 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2005
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 080103146X ISBN13 9780801031465
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More About R. P. Hanson
R. P. C. Hanson (1916-88) was Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham; professor of theology, University of Nottingham; and professor of historical and contemporary theology, University of Manchester. His numerous scholarly publications include Allegory and Event: A Study of the Sources and Significance of Origen's Interpretation of Scripture.
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Must Have for Patristic Theology Buffs Jan 6, 2006
The late Mr. Hanson has written a masterpiece of clear, concise theological history that covers all the important aspects of the great Trinitarian Debates of the 4th century. He avoids getting bogged down in the "how-many-angels-on-the-head-of-a-pin" debates so characteristic of many patristic history tomes (though in their defence these kinds of debates were typical of patristic discourse.) He offers detailed descriptions of the political maneuvering involved in the post-Nicea and pre-Constantinople regional councils (e.g., Sardica) which typically get shortchanged in generic theological histories. His analysis may not be universally accepted but his logic and deductive abilities must be admired. It is a hefty chunk of change but be patient on the internet for a good price and then buy it!
Even handed & solid coverage of 4th century debates Apr 7, 1999
I found this book to provide the best recounting of facts from the original source texts (more fair than Grillmeier's set.) His tone is not an apologetic of classical trinitarian dogma, but neither is he negatively skeptical of the what became "orthodoxy". The coverage is suggestive of the fluid state of doctrine at that time. Agreement, unfortunately was settled politically. The material focuses on the 4th century debates, but not the later extentions made at Chalcedon.