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Conclusion

Paul C. H. Lim

in Mystery Unveiled

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780195339468
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979097 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339468.003.0007

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

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This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some concluding thoughts. The preceding chapters presented several crucial facets of the early modern English task of describing “invisible mysteries,” and both for anti- and pro-Trinitarians, the hegemonic struggle over orthodoxy in the early Church was not a distant memory on the far horizon. This book has interacted with, indeed benefited from, H. J. McLachlan's Socinianism in Seventeenth-Century England (1951). Yet the narrative presented here does not follow it all the way; instead, it has presented a more contested and far less inevitable account of the controversy over the doctrine of the Trinity, by paying close attention to both anti-and pro-trinitarian writers, their context and content. More specifically, it has presented a thicker description of the way both these camps appropriated patristic writers, interpreted conciliar histories, and “proved” their doctrinal commitments from Scripture. The result is that it defies a simple decline of the Trinity thesis, nor does it suggest an unchanging orthodoxy from the days of Bartholomew Traheron to that of Jacques Souverain.

Keywords: Trinity; Trinitiarians; orthodoxy; H. J. McLachlan

Chapter.  4007 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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