The Rise of Christian Theology and the End of Ancient Metaphysics, written by Johannes Zachhuber

In: Vigiliae Christianae
Author: Nathan Porter1
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  • 1 PhD candidate, Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
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Johannes Zachhuber, The Rise of Christian Theology and the End of Ancient Metaphysics, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, xii + 357 pp., ISBN 9780198859956, $100.00 (hb).

In this historically learned and philosophically sophisticated book, Johannes Zachhuber sets out an ambitious and wide-ranging account of the development of Trinitarian and Christological metaphysics from the Cappadocians to John of Damascus. The Cappadocians, on Zachhuber’s telling, constructed a metaphysics that became the lingua franca of patristic Trinitarian discourse. Yet the classical theory, as the author terms it, was also among the leading theological causes of the Nestorian controversy. The

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