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The Trinity in the Ante-Nicene Fathers

Stephen M. Hildebrand

in The Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557813
Published online January 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557813.003.0008

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Trinity in the Ante-Nicene Fathers

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This article examines the works of Ante-Necene fathers concerning the Trinity. It traces the evolution of Trinitarian thought from Apostolic Fathers such as Ignatius of Antioch through the Apologists to the great theologians of the late second and early third centuries including Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Tertullian. It discusses works on the Trinity in the economy, the emergence of a theology of the Spirit, the theological appropriation of Greek philosophical thought in an effort to explain the faith handed down and the emergence of Trinitarian technical vocabulary.

Keywords: Ante-Necene fathers; Trinity; Trinitarian thought; Apostolic fathers; Ignatius of Antioch; Apologists; Irenaeus; Clement of Alexandria; Tertullian

Article.  7196 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion

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