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A Brief History of the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Early Church
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Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction to the Problem 2. The Beginnings of Christology 3. First Models of the Relationship between 'Father' and 'Son' 4. The Controversy between Logos Theologians and Monarchians 5. The Concern of Arius of Alexandria and the Reaction of his Opponents 6. The Intervention of Emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicaea 7. The Development in the Period after the Council 8. The Theological Split in the Empire 9. Serdica - the Failed Imperial Council 10. Constantine II and the Quest for a Theological Compromise 11. The Assembly of the Neo-Nicenes 12. The Question of the Holy Spirit 13. The Council of Constantinople and the Agreement with the West 14. Prospect Bibliography Map Index

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Franz Dünzl gives an account of the formation of the doctrine of the Trinity in a narrative based on contemporary sources.

About the Author

Franz Dünzl is Professor of Early Church History and Patristics at the University of Würzburg, Germany.

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"Professor Dünzl's book gives a clear and concise account of what one might call the public history of the doctrine of the Trinity.  The various tributaries to the development of the doctrine, biblical and philosophical, are lucidly described and clear paths traced through the complex debates of the fourth century. The role of the West and the papacy, often neglected in this context, is given careful attention. It provides an unparalleled introduction to the subject." Prof Andrew Louth, University of Durham, UK.
*Prof Andrew Louth, University of Durham*

"It is truly a clear account of the complicated emergence of the Trinitarian doctrine in the Christian tradition. While it is written with the novice theologian in mind, it offers important insights for any theologian interested in Trinitarian theology...This book is highly recommended not only as a textbook for beginners in theology but also for those whose task is to interpret the past to the present." -Catholic Library World
*Lucien J. Richard*

"Dunzl's honest and sobering look at the origins of the Christian faith is essential for critically minded Christians and thinkers." -Brian M. Doyle, Catholic Books Review

"This book functions as a handy textbook for the student. Its short and descriptive chapters allow for quick accessibility to information that might otherwise be presented exhaustively in other books on the subject. there is a map of the Mediterranean and a list of references for further reading - perhaps only a glossary is missing, keeping it from being the perfect early history pocketbook to the doctrine of the Trinity." -- Michael Jendza, Graduate Theological Union, Anglican Theological Review
*Anglican Theological Review*

'Told with brevity and clarity, but without simplification...[Franz Dunzl] is able to make a difficult subject accessible to a wide readership...[they] help us to understand the Church Fathers and their struggles, and so also share with them in their search for the truth.'
*Church Times*

"Dunzl's fascinating account" 1 July 2009
*Theology*

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