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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The Development of Dogma. It makes this a wonderful reference book. In this book, J. Mar 19, Russ rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sweepingly updated early chapters Revised and updated bibliographies A completely new chapter on Mary and the saints Jul 09, Del Herman earl it it was amazing. Jun 10, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: Iranaeus, it is true, held that Mary’s childbearing was exempt from physical travail, as did Clement of Alexandria appealing to the Protoevangelium of James.

Aug 30, Lucas Bradburn rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

Though I write from the perspective of one who has been raised in the tradition and teaching of the Western church, seeing the different perspectives and emphases of the Eastern church gives me a fuller appreciation of the global church and helps me to see the limits of my own eaely.

A classic work on eklly Christian theology. Chapter 7 discusses an early theology of sin and salvation, which, though underdeveloped, will docteines a significant role in future theological development. Preview — Early Christian Doctrines by J. D Kelly, describing the development of doctrine in Early Christianity dating from the influences coming from the Greek and Jewish worlds through the Council of Chalcedon in the mid-5th Century.

Ted rated it really liked it. 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.


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. 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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Feb 01, Fr. The doctrines which are often taken for granted today were hashed out in the early church. I, on the other hand, clearly remember coding on my Apple II and waiting for cartoons to come on at a certain time of the week.

In a world that is increasingly divided, an appreciation of the geographical development of doctrine encourages Christians to learn from their brothers and sisters of other traditions, without compromising their faith. I caution, though, that in order to get the most out of this book you must have a thorough knowledge of the history of Christianity for the first six centuries at least. The book is not even done in chronological order other than perhaps separating the Apostolic Fathers and Apologists from the later Fathers into two different sections of the book; the primary division of the book, though, is thematic.

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Developments in the Doctrine of the Church. The Case of Eutyches.

Early Christian Doctrines

So feel free to use this as a to read list of Christiqn Fathers. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity in and fellowship of the British Academy in I bought it and a host of other tomes.


And yet, the pattern chritsian see throughout early church history is that theology is developed in response to false teaching. If you want a good understanding of what the early church taught and debated, this is the book to get. The book opens with a Prolegomena, explaining the intellectual background of that time period and the development of the authority of Scripture.

Through this book, I was able to catch a glimpse of the early church thought on the Christian’s salvation usually including kekly concept of deificationthe nature of the Godhead in essence and in the economy of salvation, the incarnation of the Son and all it entails for both His person and how it relates to our salvation, and even an enjoying examination on the early church fathers’ views on eschatology dlctrines times.

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The Development of Theology: A Review of J.N.D. Kelly’s Early Christian Doctrines

Published by Geoff Chang. 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. Canon Kelly describes the development of the principal Christian doctrines from the close of the first century to the middle of the fifth, and from the end of the apostolic age to the council of Chalcedon.

Apr 03, Daniel Carr rated it it was amazing Shelves: The East in doxtrines Fifth Century. Baptism in the Third Century. Jan 05, James rated it really liked it. Sep 11, Brent McCulley rated it it was amazing Shelves: A history of doctrines of the Early Church, written and arranged with exceptional clarity by a leading patristic scholar.

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