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The Gospel in the Western Context

A Missiological Reading of Christology in Dialogue with Hendrikus Berkhof and Colin Gunton

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Gert-Jan Roest

In The Gospel in the Western Context, Gert-Jan Roest focuses on discerning a Western contextual gospel, an endeavour that is very relevant to the current state of Christianity in the postmodern and post-Christendom West. After giving an in-depth analysis and synthesis of how Hendrikus Berkhof and Colin Gunton read the Western context and contextualize their Christology, he develops a gospel-centred model for reading the context. Meanwhile, he makes a creative and much-needed attempt to connect the two disciplines of systematic theology and missiology and convincingly shows that both disciplines cannot only enrich one another but also can give church practitioners insight and wisdom for their tasks.
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Peter H. Sedgwick

In The Origins of Anglican Moral Theology Peter H. Sedgwick shows how Anglican moral theology has a distinctive ethos, drawing on Scripture, Augustine, the medieval theologians (Abelard, Aquinas and Scotus), and the great theologians of the Reformation, such as Luther and Calvin. A series of studies of Tyndale, Perkins, Hooker, Sanderson and Taylor shows the flourishing of this discipline from 1530 to 1670. Anglican moral theology has a coherence which enables it to engage in dialogue with other Christian theological traditions and to present a deeply pastoral but intellectually rigorous theological position. This book is unique because the origins of Anglican Moral Theology have never been studied in depth before.
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Essays in Ecumenical Theology I

Aims, Methods, Themes, and Contexts

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Ivana Noble

In the first volume of Essays in Ecumenical Theology Ivana Noble depicts differences between what she calls a sectarian outlook and one which engages in the search for common roots, dialogical relationships and shared mission in a world that has largely become post-Christian, but often also post-secular. Drawing on both Western and Orthodox scholarship, and expressing her own positions, Noble sketches what ecumenical theology is, how it is linked to spirituality, the methods it uses, how it developed during the twentieth century, and the challenges it faces. Specific studies deal with controversial interpretations of Jan Hus, Catholic Modernism, the problematic heritage of the totalitarian regimes, and responses to the current humanitarian crisis.
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The Trinitarian Testimony of the Spirit

Prosopological Exegesis and the Development of Pre-Nicene Pneumatology

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Kyle Hughes

In The Trinitarian Testimony of the Spirit, Kyle R. Hughes offers a new approach to the development of early Christian pneumatology by focusing on how Justin, Irenaeus, and Tertullian linked the Holy Spirit with testimony to the deity and lordship of the Father and the Son. Drawing extensively on recent studies of prosopological exegesis and divine testimony in the ancient world, Hughes demonstrates how these three pre-Nicene Christian writers utilized Scripture and the conventions of ancient rhetoric and exegesis to formulate a highly innovative approach to the Holy Spirit that would contribute to the identification of the Spirit as the third person of the Trinity.

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Kyle R. Hughes

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In Prax. 11.7–8, Tertullian of Carthage employs, with significant modifications, his predecessors’ understandings of the Trinitarian testimony of the Spirit. Unlike Justin and Irenaeus, when Tertullian portrays the Spirit as participating in intra-divine dialogue, the testifying function of the Spirit is only implicit in the quotations themselves and not in Tertullian’s own introduction or explanation of those quotations. Instead, Tertullian’s understanding of the Trinitarian testimony of the Spirit is most clearly stated apart from his portrayal of the Spirit’s prosopological speech. This pneumatological advance was inextricably linked with his support of the New Prophecy, which contributed to a more explicit portrayal of the Spirit as a Trinitarian person. Thus, because his use of prosopological exegesis only implicitly brought out the Spirit’s testifying role, as well as on account of his association with Montanism, Tertullian paved the way for the eventual diminishment of this aspect of the Spirit’s ministry in the later pre-Nicene Latin tradition. Still, Tertullian’s clear identification of the Spirit as a distinct divine person tasked with leading believers into a better understanding of the mystery of the Trinity both demonstrates thematic continuity with his predecessors as well as sets the stage for later pro-Nicene Trinitarian theology.

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Patrik Fridlund