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Irenaeus of Lyons and the theology of the Holy Spirit.
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ISBN: 9780199641536 Year: 2012 Publisher: Oxford Oxford University Press,


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Irenaeus of Lyons and the theology of the Holy Spirit
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ISBN: 9780191738302 0191738301 Year: 2012 Publisher: Oxford Oxford University Press

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God and Christ in Irenaeus
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ISBN: 9780198792567 0198792565 Year: 2019 Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom Oxford University Press

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For too long certain scholars have been content to portray Irenaeus of Lyons as a well-meaning churchman but incompetent theologian. By offering a careful reading of Irenaeus' polemical and constructive arguments, God and Christ in Irenaeus contradicts these claims by showing that he was highly educated, trained in the rhetorical arts, aware of general philosophical positions, and able to use both rhetorical and philosophical theories and methods in his argumentation. Moreover, the theological account laid down by his pen was original and sophisticated, supremely so for one of the second century.0In contrast to readings that minimize the metaphysical dimension of Irenaeus' theology, Anthony Briggman establishes as pillars of Irenaeus' polemical argumentation and constructive theology his conception of the divine being as infinite and simple, the reciprocal immanence of the Word-Son and God the Father, divine generation, the union of the divine Word-Son and human nature in the person of Christ, and the revelatory activity of the infinite and incomprehensible Word-Son, amongst other features of his theology. Briggman offers a fundamentally new understanding of Irenaeus and his thought.

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