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Augustine and the Trinity


  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521838863

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  • Augustine of Hippo (354–430) strongly influenced western theology, but he has often been accused of over-emphasizing the unity of God to the detriment of the Trinity. In Augustine and the Trinity, Lewis Ayres offers a new treatment of this important figure, demonstrating how Augustine's writings offer one of the most sophisticated early theologies of the Trinity developed after the Council of Nicaea (325). Building on recent research, Ayres argues that Augustine was influenced by a wide variety of earlier Latin Christian traditions which stressed the irreducibility of Father, Son and Spirit. Augustine combines these traditions with material from non-Christian Neoplatonists in a very personal synthesis. Ayres also argues that Augustine shaped a powerful account of Christian ascent toward understanding of, as well as participation in the divine life, one that begins in faith and models itself on Christ's humility.

    • Offers an account of Augustine's views on the Trinity, providing a counterpoint to virtually all standard accounts in textbooks and works of modern theology
    • Makes use of scholarship in other European languages to provide a guide to the best of up-to-date research
    • All key passages are in English with Latin reserved for key phrases, allowing readers without Latin to follow the argument clearly
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    'Thorough and illuminating as well as refreshing.' Theology

    '… Ayres provides scholars of early Christian thought with an important work that will serve as a basic point of orientation for anyone venturing onto this difficult theological terrain.' Doug Finn, The Thomist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521838863
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Origins:
    1. Giving wings to Nicaea
    2. Through Him, with Him and in Him
    3. Faith of our fathers: De fide et symbolo
    Part II. Ascent:
    4. The unadorned Trinity
    Excursus 1: The dating of the De trinitate
    5. Per corporalia … ad incorporalia
    6. A Christological epistemology
    Excursus 2: Polemical targets in the De trinitate
    Part III. Into the Mystery:
    7. Recommending the source
    8. Essence from essence
    9. Showing, seeing and loving
    10. Loving and being
    Part IV. Memory, Intelligence and Will:
    11. 'But it's not fur eatin'…'
    12. '… It's just fur lookin' through'
    Epilogue: catching all three

  • Author

    Lewis Ayres, University of Durham
    Lewis Ayres is Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at the University of Durham. He is co-editor with Frances Young and Andrew Louth of The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature (2004).

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