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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Early Christian Doctrines by J. Early Christian Doctrines by J. 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. Kelly organizes an ocean of material by outlining the development of each doctrine in its historical context.

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. 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.

The doctrines of the Trinity, the authority of the Bible and tradition, the nature of Christ, salvation, original sin and grace, and the sacraments are all extensively treated in these pages. This revised edition of Early Christian Doctrines includes: Sweepingly updated early chapters Revised and updated bibliographies A completely new chapter on Mary and the saints Get A Copy. Paperback , revised , pages. Published March 29th by HarperOne first published More Details Original Title.

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Sort order. Start your review of Early Christian Doctrines. Sep 11, Brent McCulley rated it it was amazing Shelves: theology. Kelly simply does a fantastic job at surveying the history and evolution of early dogma through the fifth century. He treats each topic as its own, but runs through each one chronologically, and footnotes the Fathers in the primary sources voluminously.

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. 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.

Kelly's treatment is well balanced, and fair, and is the standard go to for then history of early dogma. While more work and new research has pressed certain prevailing theories out of the way for new ones, especially in the area of Chalcedon theology, Alexandrian "school" vs. Antiochene, the theology of Theodore of Mopseustia, etc.

Nov 26, Zack rated it it was amazing. Well-written, well-organized by loci heads of doctrine , and captivating. Reading level is between popular and technical. Works of the Fathers are cited, but the prose is accessible to educated and thoughtful popular audiences. Jan 19, David Goetz rated it it was amazing Shelves: historical-theology. An invaluable work. Kelly judiciously and lucidly explicates doctrinal development and settlement in the Church from the Apostolic Fathers up through the Council of Chalcedon.

He breaks the book up into three major parts: Prolegomena, Pre-Nicene Theology, and Nicaea to Chalcedon, with an Epilogue at the end covering eschatology and Mariology. Each part contains chapters on particular loci , so it's not only a great overall snapshot of development in the early Church but also an accessible and pr An invaluable work.

Each part contains chapters on particular loci , so it's not only a great overall snapshot of development in the early Church but also an accessible and pretty concise reference for anyone looking to explore the early development of any particular doctrine and to get a brief introduction to the major players.

Shelves: religion. During my first evening at Union Theological Seminary an older student solicited my attention to certain boxes of books. He was about to graduate and wanted to unload his old coursebooks. I bought it and a host of other tomes. His advice was correct. Looking at it, I find notes in the margins and an almost indecipherable notecard. 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.

Reading it was like reading any well written, single-author textbook. It is dry and to the point. Dec 29, Reese Walling rated it really liked it. An objective and extremely enjoyable examination of the patristic doctrines, J.

Kelly does a great job of examining the key studies of Trinitarian, Christological, and Ecclesiastical from the post-apostolic age to the end of the fifth century.

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 deification , the 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. This served well as an entry into the early patristic thought. 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.

I couldn't have been more satisfied. This is perfect. Not to long, but very thorough. An essential volume to any Christians library. May 08, Peter Bringe rated it really liked it Shelves: history , theology , historical-theology. This was a valuable read. I would like to read more of the church fathers' own writings, but this was a great overview. While the early church was generally imprecise with its doctrines although they could get very precise when that was needed, e.

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 helped me, not only learning what the early church taught, but also the process of development that goes on with theological understanding. If you want a good understanding of what the early church taught and debated, this is the book to get. Jun 10, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: religion. A classic work on early Christian theology.

Erudite, balanced, thorough. Age alone is beginning to wear at its usefulness. For the person interested in the intricacies of early church theology, this tome is as good as it is purported to be. It's exhaustive and focused and not for the average layman. Kelly's work is on-par with Jaroslav Pelikan's work. Kelly was an Anglican, though this does little to sway his assessment of this crucial period in history; for instance, when considering the question of Roman primacy, Kelly does not shrink away from evidence that could be used to support Rome.

One of the greatest stren For the person interested in the intricacies of early church theology, this tome is as good as it is purported to be. One of the greatest strengths to this tome is its treatment of heresies. In all, this work has taught me much about what heretics such as Arius, Apollinarius, and Nestorius believed. The only work that comes close is McGuckin's with respect to Nestorius. While it's easy to understand at a basic level what heretics believed, Kelly's gift is to see things from their perspective, while consequently showing how the Church responded to them.

While Pelikan's work, for instance, focuses on broad trains of thought within the Church at that time, Kelly's is more precise and technical, going into intense detail, citing a wide range of figures. I even became aware of a few lesser known figures that Pelikan and other scholars don't even mention. Pelikan and Kelly obviously differ on the goal of their work, and each serves a particular need with respect to the study of early Christian theology.

I can say with confidence that this book will be continually referenced in the years to come. Jul 15, Ben Chidester rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-theology , patristics.

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Kelly is Principal of St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, England. He is acknowledged internationally as an authority on patristic Christian thought. Kelly is also the author of Jerome, which Library Journal "highly recommended for every serious religious collection.

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Early Christian Doctrines

Early Christian Doctrines. A history of doctrines of the Early Church, written and arranged with exceptional clarity by a leading patristic scholar. 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. The West in the Third Century. The West and Leo. The Chalcedonian Settlement.

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