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 organization itself was by subject – it was helpful to have all of the thoughts regarding Christ, the Trinity, the Church, and the Sacraments just as examples put together in one place. A standard text hallowed by theological students for decades, this is an excellent reference and overview of the history of early Christian belief and doctrinal development. I couldn’t have been more satisfied. Chapter 6 explores pre-Nicene Christology, which again developed in response to early false teaching which denied the humanity or divinity of Christ.

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As we come to appreciate the time it took for theology ke,ly develop, it is an encouragement to modern-day theologians doctrinds patiently persevere, as we combat the falsehoods of our day.

And yet, though false teachers have continued to challenge them, they have stood the test of time, and remain a faithful representation of the teaching of Scripture. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.

Jan 22, Tim rated it really liked it. He published widely, writing on the development of the early Christian Creeds and doctrines, his Early Christian Creeds and Early Christian Doctrines becoming standard secondary works and seminary textbooks; commentaries on the pastoral epistles ; biographical studies, including studies of St Jerome and St John of Chrysostom ; and The Oxford Dictionary of Popes.


Be the first to ask a question about Early Christian Doctrines. Tertullian, however, repudiated the suggestion, finding the opening of her womb prophesied in Exodus 13, 2, and Origen followed him and argued that she had needed the purification prescribed by the Law.

Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly

A classic work on early Christian theology. 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.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Reading it was like reading any well wri During my first evening at Union Theological Seminary an older student solicited my attention to certain boxes of books. So feel free to use this as a to read list of Church Fathers.

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

Well-written, well-organized by loci heads of doctrineand captivating. And chapter 18, added in the fifth edition, covers the approach of early doctrihes to Mary and the Saints.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The standard and justifiably a classic. 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. An objective and extremely enjoyable examination of the patristic doctrines, J.

Dotcrines in how he has structured his book, Kelly is concerned with showing the development of the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith. Paperbackrevisedpages.

When you need exhaustive detail, however, this is the book to have. 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.

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. 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.


There is an impression of the early church, which would condemn and exile heretics, as being barbaric and backward. The Arians and Eustathius. As the modern Christians unthinkingly recite the ancient creeds, there is the danger that he would conceive of these theological truths as having dropped out of the sky, not unlike what certain world religions teach.

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This book is already This book is a tour de force of early Christian beliefs. Through this book, I was able to catch a glimpse of the early church thought on the Christian’s salvation usually including the 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 end times.

The Aftermath of Nicaea. Quotes from Early Christian D A reader of this text can see just how naturally the church grew and developed amid its struggles. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

The East in the Fifth Century. Kelly judiciously and lucidly explicates doctrinal development and settlement in the Church from the Apostolic Fathers up through the Council of Chalcedon.

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