The Unity of Christ Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition Christopher A. Beeley

Publication date:
30 Oct 2012
Yale University Press
408 pages: 235 x 156 x 27mm
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No period of history was more formative for the development of Christianity than the patristic age, when church leaders, monks, and laity established the standard features of Christianity as we know it today. Combining historical and theological analysis, Christopher Beeley presents a detailed and far-reaching account of how key theologians and church councils understood the most central element of their faith, the identity and significance of Jesus Christ.

Focusing particularly on the question of how Christ can be both human and divine and reassessing both officially orthodox and heretical figures, Beeley traces how an authoritative theological tradition was constructed. His book holds major implications for contemporary theology, church history, and ecumenical discussions, and it is bound to revolutionize the way in which patristic tradition is understood.

Christopher Beeley is Walter H. Gray Associate Professor of Anglican Studies and Patristics at Yale Divinity School. He is the author of Gregory of Nazianzus on the Trinity and the Knowledge of God: In Your Light We Shall See Light, which won the 2010 John Templeton Award for Theological Promise. Beeley lives in New Haven, CT.

'Beeley performs a signal service for the entire scholarly community – East and West – by tracing a clear line through the development of Patristic thinking on the relations of the members of the Trinity one to another, and subsequently the divine-human makeup in the person of Christ; in the event, he delivers a revisionary history, upsetting established, received, and ‘orthodox’ reputations and evaluations.' Patrick Madigan, Heythrop Journal