Nicholas Lossky

in Lancelot Andrewes, the Preacher (1555-1626)

Published in print April 1991 | ISBN: 9780198261858
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682223 | DOI:

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This study has tried to determine the theological themes that were prevalent in Lancelot Andrewes's sermons for the festivals of the liturgical year. Although the theological themes of his sermons were treated individually, they nonetheless revolve around on the central theme of the mystery of salvation. This conclusion ends with the characteristic features of Andrewes's theology. Of all his theology, the Incarnation assumes the most important place, not because it is a central event in the history of man but it represents the inauguration of the new relationship of man and God. Incarnation is not the only prevalent Andrewes theology, the paradoxical nature of the divinity and humanness of God is also central to his sermons. For him, only through the Person of Christ, the God-man can people find salvation. Andrewes's theology was primarily Christocentric, with Christ as the alpha and the omega. Although his theology was Christocentric, he never dispensed the importance of the role of the Holy Spirit in the economy of the salvation. Andrewes saw not the Holy Spirit in an inferior role, but rather in equal place with the Son. Andrewes believed that the Holy Spirit authenticates and actualizes the work of salvation of man. For Andrewes, the Holy Spirit and the Son are inseparable but are distinct two Persons. For him Christology and Pneumatology are intimately and indissolubly linked — a character that makes Andrewes's economy of salvation distinct and different.

Keywords: theological themes; Lancelot Andrewes; sermons; mystery of salvation; theology; Incarnation; divinity; God-man; salvation

Chapter.  13209 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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