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In Spite Of Hegel, Fire, and Sword <sup>1</sup>

Lewis Ayres

in Nicaea and its Legacy

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780198755067
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602788 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198755066.003.0017
 In Spite Of Hegel, Fire, and Sword  1

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Modern systematic theology makes use of unsustainable and simplistic narratives about pro-Nicene Trinitarianism. In this last chapter, the author argues that simply trying to correct these narratives will not produce better engagement with the pro-Nicene legacy. The culture of modern systematic theology – particularly, its understandings of what counts as authoritative argument – is unable to sustain the methods and theological culture that produced pro-Nicene Trinitarianism. Thus, with some exceptions, modern Trinitarian theology wishes to appropriate principles from pro-Nicene theology but is unable to appropriate the theological practice that was understood as the necessary context for understanding those principles. In the second half of the chapter, the author offers some suggestions on how authority in theology and theological practice might be re-conceived to enable better engagement with the legacy of Nicaea. Rethinking the place of the scriptural text within theology lies at the heart of these suggestions.

Keywords: development of doctrine; doctrine; narrative; Nicaea; scripture; theological culture; theology; Trinity

Chapter.  22800 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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