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Introduction

Dominic Keech

in The Anti-Pelagian Christology of Augustine of Hippo, 396-430

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199662234
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746314 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662234.003.0001

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Introduction

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The Introduction examines the narrative of doctrinal development at play in the history of the ecumenical councils, in their refinement of the doctrine of the Incarnation and the Trinity. It highlights the contested theology of Origen, and his place in a broader Christian Platonism, in the negotiation of orthodoxy through the fourth and fifth centuries. Origen’s controversial understanding of human origins and personal freedom is then related to the reappearance of the same issues in the later Pelagian controversy. The Introduction closes by situating the beginning of Augustine’s maturity in the 390s, the point of intersection between the Origenist and Pelagian crises.

Keywords: Nicaea; Ephesus; Constantinople; council; Nestorian; Platonism; method

Chapter.  1618 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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