Grace and Christology in the Early Church
By (author) Donald Fairbairn
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Grace and Christology in the Early Church by Donald Fairbairn
Book DescriptionWas there a genuine theological consensus about Christ in the early Church? Donald Fairbairn's persuasive study uses the concept of grace to clarify this question. There were two sharply divergent understandings of grace and christology. One understanding, characteristic of Theodore and Nestorius, saw grace as God's gift of co-operation to Christians and Christ as the uniquely graced man. The other understanding, characteristic of Cyril of Alexandria and John Cassian, saw grace as God the Word's personal descent to the human sphere so as to give himself to humanity. Dealing with, among others, John Chrysostom, John of Antioch, and Leo the Great, Fairbairn suggests that these two understandings were by no means equally represented in the fifth century: Cyril's view was in fact the consensus of the early Church.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199256143
(220mm x 150mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Donald Fairbairn
Grace and Christology in the Early Church, Paperback (April 2006)
How did the early Church understand the relation between grace, salvation, and the person of Christ? Donald Fairbairn's persuasive study shows that, despite intense theological controversy, there was a very strong consensus in the fifth century about what salvation was and who Christ needed to be in order to save people.
Eastern Orthodoxy Through Western Eyes, Paperback (October 2002)» View all books by Donald Fairbairn
In light of orthodoxy's growing presence on the religious scene in Britain and North America, this book introduces the eastern orthodox vision to western Christians by examining orthodox theology and worship.
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Author Biography - Donald Fairbairn
Donald Fairbairn is Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Missions at Erskine Theological Seminary, South Carolina
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