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Yale University Press The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition

The Unity of Christ provides a detailed historical examination of the people and events that led to the doctrine of the dual nature of Christ.

One of the foremost debates of the patristic era focused on the status Christ. Specifically they asked, was he merely human or entirely divine? Or, perhaps, both? From a historical perspective the importance of this type of question, the way it was asked, answered, and ultimately settled is critical for understanding the formative process of Christianity.

The Unity of Christ presents a new account of this debate and in doing so demonstrates both the unity and the complexity of the patristic era on the question of Christ. The story is made up of both history's "losers" and its "winners" but by way of thorough analysis of the the patristic materials--some of which has only recently become available--Beeley shows just how closely the issues were argued and how complex the debate became in order to finally come to the now orthodox position.

Readers wishing to follow the development of Christian doctrine through history will find the detail and research behind this book useful very beneficial and it is recommended for anyone who wishes to gain a more nuanced understanding of this critical period in church history.
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