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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Chapter 7 discusses an early theology of sin and salvation, which, though underdeveloped, will play a significant role in future theological development. Mar 19, Russ rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Trinity in the West. I bought it and a host of other tomes. The Doctrine of Pelagius. For more information, visit our inspection copies page. Chapters cover the Christological controversies that arose, dealing with the relationship of the human and divine nature of Christ and culminating with the Chalcedonian Settlement.

He lucidly summarizes the genesis of Chrisitian thought from the close of the apostolic age t This revised edition of the standard history of the first great period in Christian thought has been thoroughly updated in the light of the latest historical findings.

During my first evening at Union Theological Seminary an older student solicited my attention to certain boxes of books.

Early Christian Doctrines by J.N.D. Kelly

I believe that this in This book does a great job kely summarizing the thinkers of the early Church in an organized way. However, the challenge of theological controversy continues today, as technological advances and cultural transformation raise questions which would have been unthinkable in a previous age.


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

The Development of Dogma. Great book, just bear in mind that as accurate as dictrines tries to be, you won’t get the full picture and force of each Father’s argument unless you actually read what they wrote and not just a quotation here and there.

This is a classic, and despite using it as a reference for ages Cchristian ashamed that I’ve only read it through recently. 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 perspective.

In a world that is increasingly divided, an appreciation earlh the geographical development of doctrine encourages Christians to learn from their brothers and sisters of other traditions, without compromising their faith. Jorge Medina rated it 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. Kelly’s work is not new, with the latest 5th edition being datedbut it has aged exceptionally well.

Irenaeus and Tertullian recalled occasions on which, as they read the gospel stories, she had earned her Son’s rebuke, and Origen insisted that, like all human beings, she needed redemption from her sins; What this means is that we should not expect that theological faithfulness will be easy. 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.


This book does a great job of summarizing the thinkers of the early Church in an organized way. The book has a valuable introduction to Gnosticism.

The Aftermath of Nicaea. Finally, chapter 8 concludes this section by showing the development of ecclesiology, largely in the West. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log chhristian Preview — Early Christian Doctrines by J. Though lacking in in-depth analysis often, Kelly’s goal set out from the beginning was to give a picture of the forest without looking too much at the trees. Trivia About Early Christian D Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.


May 08, Peter B. This revised version includes more work on the earlier centuries christiann it still is lacking one can imagine the previous edition was even more disparate. From the Gnostics to Nestorius, from Docetism to the Donatists, it is through controversy and opposition that the doctrine of the Church is refined and sharpened and developed.

Early Christian Doctrines

Will be a useful resource. We trace the history of the evolution of Theology proper, Christology, The Sacraments, Ecclesiology, Soteriology, Eschatology, and he even completes the book with the evolution of Mariology. It is in this context that J.