Early Christian doctrines by J. N. D. Kelly

By J. N. D. Kelly

This revised variation of the traditional heritage of the 1st nice interval in Christian notion has been completely up-to-date within the mild of the newest old findings. Dr. Kelly organizes an ocean of fabric by means of outlining the advance of every doctrine in its historic context. He lucidly summarizes the genesis of Chrisitian concept from the shut of the apostolic age to the Council of Chalcedon within the 5th century--a time teeming with clean and competing principles. The doctrines of the Trinity, the authority of the Bible and culture, the character of Christ, salvation, unique sin and beauty, and the sacraments are all widely taken care of in those pages.

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  • Sweepingly up-to-date early chapters
  • Revised and up to date bibliographies
  • A thoroughly new bankruptcy on Mary and the saints

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Puech, G. Quispel and W. C. Van Unnik), I9SS. London. PROLEGOMENA r�l produce a new pair of aeons, Christ and the Holy Spirit, to instruct the aeons in their true relation to Him. Order having been thus restored, they sing the praises of the Father and pro­ duce the Saviour Jesus as the perfect fruit of the Pleroma. But what of Sophia's monstrous birth, Enthymesis, exiled from the Pleroma and now known as a lower Sophia, or Acha­ moth? As she wanders about the still lifeless void, her anguish brings matter to birth, while out of her yearning for Christ she produces the 'psychic' (r/;vxtKov) or soul-element.

Thess. hom. 3, 4 (PG 62, 361; 485). a Ad Serap. I, 28. g. 3,6,6. In Col. hom. 9, I; in 7 2 3 s TRADITION AND SCRIPTURE 43 sum of necessary knowledge could be extracted from it. In the West Augustine declared1 that 'in the plain teaching of Scrip­ ture we fmd all that concerns our belief and moral conduct'; while a little later Vincent of Urins (t c. 450) took it as an axiomz the Scriptural canon was 'sufficient, and more than sufficient, for all purposes'. Meanwhile certain shifts of emphasis are discernible in the concept of tradition.

1 C£ Irenaeus, haer. , strom. 7, I7, Io6-8; Epiphanius, haer. 33, 7, 9· • C£ Irenaeus, haer. 3, prae£; 3, s, I; Tertullian, de praescr. 13. 3 lb. 3, I, I. • lb. 2I. I lb. 6: cf. 37• 6 lb. I, Io, 2: cf. s, 20, I. 7 lb. 2 I ; c. Marc. I, 21; 4 S· TRADITION AND SCRIPTURE 37 But where in practice was this apostolic testimony or tradi­ tion to be found? It was no longer possible to resort, as Papias and earlier writers had done, to personal reminiscences of the apostles. The most obvious answer was that the apostles had committed it orally to the Church, where it had been handed down from generation to generation.

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