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The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Volume… (1971)

by Jaroslav Pelikan

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  CPI | Aug 1, 2016 |
I don't think that the English language has a word that is sufficient to describing just how excellent this book is. Every Christian and, really, every non-Christian should have to read this book. Pelikan describes in a good amount of detail, but in a nonetheless very approachable and readable manner, the development of doctrine from the close of the Apostolic era through to the time of St. Augustine, St. Gregory the Great, and the Fifth Ecumenical Council, hinting at the developments of both East and West slightly beyond. His approach is wide and his views are always fair and balanced. A very helpful feature of the book is the sidenote approach where, rather than in-text citations, footnotes, and endnotes, Pelikan instead lists the sources of his quotations and summaries to the side of where they are given. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. I cannot recommend enough reading this book, no matter your own personal doctrinal or non-doctrinal views. ( )
2 vote davidpwithun | Sep 16, 2011 |
Quite a complete presentation of early Christian doctrines. The focus of this book is really purely doctrinal, so there's not even a mention of how the church developed as an institution in Roman society. The discussion of the relationship between Christian doctrine and Greek philosophy was of particular interest to me.
1 vote thcson | May 1, 2010 |
I sued to have the whole series and I traded it in for lawn furniture. He is dead like the rest of us will be soon enough but made his way toOrthodoxy.
  GEPPSTER53 | Jul 16, 2009 |
An excellent and commanding work on the development of doctrines within early catholicism from 100-600. The book is rather advanced and presupposes a healthy knowledge of theological concepts and the Greek language. Nevertheless, Pelikan provides a balanced perspective of the challenges that faced the early Christians in their formulations of their beliefs. A great resource. ( )
  deusvitae | Aug 12, 2008 |
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'Cor ad cor loquitur',
Heart speaketh unto heart,
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'Veni Creator Spiritus',
Come, Creator Spirit, 
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What the church of Jesus Christ believes, teaches and confesses on the basis of the word of God: this is Christian doctrine.
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By the year 600 Christian doctrine had achieved what Jaroslav Pelikan terms an "orthodox consensus"—the foundation for the development of doctrine in later periods. Beginning with the "Christian declaration of independence from Judaism," the years 100 to 600 were a period of great ferment and vitality when the fundamental affirmations of Christian dogma emerged from a welter of beliefs and teachings.
The Emergence of the Catholic Tradition is the history of this critical, troubled time. Pelikan focuses upon the subtle relation between what the faithful believed, what teachers—both orthodox and heretical—taught, and what the church confessed as dogma during its first six centuries of growth. In constructing his work, Pelikan has made use of exegetical and liturgical sources in addition to the usual polemical, apologetic, and systematic or speculative materials.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0226653714, Paperback)

In this five-volume opus—now available in its entirety in paperback—Pelikan traces the development of Christian doctrine from the first century to the twentieth.

"Pelikan's The Christian Tradition [is] a series for which they must have coined words like 'magisterial'."—Martin Marty, Commonweal

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