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Newman on the Trinity before and after Nicaea (1840–58)

Benjamin John King

in Newman and the Alexandrian Fathers

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780199548132
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720383 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548132.003.0005

Series: Changing Paradigms in Historical and Systematic Theology

Newman on the Trinity before and after Nicaea (1840–58)

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This chapter shows that Newman's opinion of Origen and Athanasius changed in the 1840s and 1850s, resulting in a very different conception of the Trinity from that he held in the 1830s, but one that was different again from that he held in the 1870s. Seeking seclusion at Littlemore after the publication of Tract 90, in the quasi-monastic community Newman set up in his parish, he could work hard on translating Athanasius. But while translating, and also forming his opinion of the development of doctrine, Newman ended up in a paradoxical situation: conceiving doctrine as dynamic, nevertheless its primary patristic exponent, Athanasius, said the same things as later Fathers in both East and West.

Keywords: Newman; Origen; Athanasius; Trinity; Littlemore; development of doctrine

Chapter.  14984 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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