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Exceptional! Enjoy the unfolding chronological history of Trinitarian understanding, from the second to the eighteenth century, as Spirit-led men endeavored to define, develop, and defend the truth regarding each member of the Trinity. This excellent array of writings from E4, Trinity, Faith of our Fathers will enable you to explore the development of Trinitarian thought and experience God in a unique and thrilling way. Enrich your relationship in closer intimacy with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Will encourage and move you beyond expectation!  

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Against Heresies
Irenaeus (105-202)

Five intense volumes Irenaeus’ Against Heresies is indispensable to those studying early Christian doctrine and practice. Irenaeus, who studied under Polycarp, himself a student of Apostle John, battled the deadly heresies of Gnosticism with intelligence, faith, and perseverance. Cogently and brilliantly with distinctive style and purpose, Irenaeus in this admirable scholarly work, helps you clearly understand the early Church’s beautiful doctrine of the Eucharist, the relationship between scripture, church authority, and faith, besides some interesting insights on the apostles. A must include in any theological library! Excellent!

"A must read!" — Kirk

"Simply excellent!" — George Smith

 
Origin of Trinity
Tertullian (160-220)

Devastating! A powerful defense of the Trinitarian doctrine, Against Praxeas by Tertullian demolishes the Unitarian view of God using Scripture and logic. The first to challenge heresy in writing, Tertullian is the oldest extant Latin writer to use the term Trinity and give a formal exposition of Trinitarian theology. See the Son as distinct from the Father and the Spirit from both the Father and the Son. "These Three are One substance, not one person", where singularity refers to the unity of the substance not the number, revealing the distinction of personality.

"Thorough!" — Simon

"Perhaps no work is as important as Adversus Praxeas!" — Ernest Evans

 
Origen on Trinity
Origen (184-253)

A monumental first attempt, these Four fascinating books contain Origen’s formulation of a coherent system of Christian philosophy. Book One of De Principiis (Books I-IV) or "On First Principles" essentially deals with God and creation, Book Two with creation of rational and irrational natures, providence and redemption, and Book Four with the interpretation of Holy Scripture. Solely based upon the authority of the Scriptures and Church tradition Origen’s work is a masterpiece! A great tool to a deeper understanding of early Christian thought.

"A Sublime Masterwork!"— Johannes Platonicus

"It is a much read for the serious student of patristics!" — We Read subscriber

 
Personhood of Trinity
Novatian (200-258)

Impressive! On the Trinity by Novatian, explores the historical context, use of Latin terminology, and his New Testament exegesis, to discover and clarify his solution to the Christological problem of how Christ could be fully divine without compromising the Oneness of God. Novatian’s Christology is not only progressive for his time, but anticipates Nicaean and Chalcedonian Christology. Feel his uncompromising fervor, in his summary and defense of orthodox Trinitarian doctrine against contemporary heresies. Written to refute the Gnostics, Theodotians and Sabellians, On the Trinity is now highly valued as an orthodox expression of ante-Nicene doctrine.

"Amazing!" — A reviewer

 
On the Trinity
Hilary of Poitiers (300-368)

Transforming! Hilary of Poitiers’ vigorous defense of the Trinitarian doctrine in On the Trinity examines Trinitarian faith from the New Testament itself to the Creed of Constantinople. Suffering for contending against Arianism, he claims that the being of Christ is as essential for salvation as are His actions. Christ united humanity and divinity in His person after His death and resurrection. We can participate in the divine Father-Son relationship through Christ, only because Christ became flesh. If God is not Triune, then fellowship with God is cannot be true communion. Excellent!

"The experience of reading through Hilary is very transformative!" — Matthew Bell

 
Trinity Defended
Athanasius (296,298-373)

These excerpts from 5 excellent works of Athanasius depict his energetic defense of the Trinity.

Athanasius, in Defence of the Nicene Definition (De Decretis), attacks the Arian heresy that Christ was a Son, and therefore not an eternal but a created being. His teaching was pivotal to the creation of the Nicene Creed.

His Statement of Faith became the clearest explanation of the Trinity, where he shows the Son and the Father to be of the same Essence.

Quicumque vult better known as the Athanasian Creed is the first Christian statement of faith referring to the Trinity. Considered one of the four authoritative Creeds of the Catholic Church and accepted by the Anglican Church and some Protestant Churches it has been in use since the 6th century.

His Defence against the Arians amazed and impressed the Council Fathers. His astute knowledge of the Faith and his masterful apologetics proved an admirable defense to debunk the Arian heresy.

In Four Discourses against the Arians he irrefutably defused the Arian claims that Christ was distinct from the Father, a created being having a beginning. This is a key theological treatise on the divinity of Christ and His incarnation, of being fully God and fully man.

Dealing with one of the most fundamental pillars of Christian faith, Athanasius argues for the necessity, appropriateness and efficacy of the Incarnation of the Word of God. One of the clearest expositions of the mystery of the Incarnation, this very reasonable, rational, and well-argued treatise will deepen your faith, grounding it in its historical context, within the great tradition of the Church Fathers. A challenge to the anti-religious stereotypes prevalent today, Athanasius’ writings have retained their theological and intellectual luster over time.

"A treasure!" — D. Forsythe

"Mandatory Reading for Every Christian!" — T. B. Vick

"Superbly Written Theological Treatise!" — Dr. Bojan Tunguz

 
Cyril’s Creed
Cyril of Jerusalem (313-386)

A hermeneutic and aesthetic challenge! These important works came at a time of rapid transition for the Church, from Christianity being a persecuted religion to becoming the favored one.

St. Cyril’s thorough introduction to the Christian Faith in Creed of Jerusalem: Doctrine of the Holy Trinity, has remained unchanged over the last 1700 years. This ancient Creed, in full accord with the Athanasius Creed, was used by the Church of Jerusalem in the middle of the fourth Century. It was culled from his Catechetical Lectures and recited to the Catechumens to be committed to memory.

Gifted teachers like Cyril of Jerusalem produced several Catechetical Lectures, Concerning the Unity of God as instruction to the Church. The First, "procatechesis," heartily welcomes the candidates to take baptism and introduces them to the periods of doctrinal instruction ahead. The remaining five, called "mystagogical catecheses," are an exposition on the rites of Christian initiation, baptism, chrismation and the Eucharist, for the newly baptized. The last lecture is a commentary on the Lord’s Prayer. A rich source of information on the history and worship of the fourth century, these lectures continue to instruct and inspire.

"A Classic Work on Christianity!"— Mark D. Merlino

 
Trinitarian Faith (in 5 Parts)
Ambrose [337-340(4)-397]

Five astounding expository works!

Exposition of the Christian Faith by Ambrose includes Books I-V covering dogma, exegesis, moral, sermons, letters, and hymns. One of the four original doctors of the Church, St. Ambrose is best known for his Exposition of the Christian Faith also called De fide ad Gratianum Augustum. Written to prove the Divinity of Christ, St. Ambrose disproves the Arians who misquoted and falsely interpreted Scriptures to fit their doctrine.

Book I gives proof of Christ’s Divinity and His co-eternity, co-equality, and consubstantiality, as God the Son, with God the Father.

Book II considers the twelve names of the Son of God recounted as evidence of the eternity of the Son and the Father as well. He compares them with the twelve stones in the High Priest’s breastplate, and their inseparability is confirmed by a new distribution of them.

Book III sounds a timely warning against the employment of fables, which Christians ought to be taught to avoid; also, to understand poetic references in the Scriptures correctly without confusing them with prevalent myths or legends.

Book IV declares that men have failed to know Christ simply because they have not listened to the words of Scripture. Christ, indeed, was not known, even by angels or His forerunner John the Baptist, except by revelation! Appreciate the omnipotence of Christ, His triumphal ascent into heaven and the excellence of its glory.

Book V discusses the reward of the faithful and wise servant. Pointing to the indivisible Godhead of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost he urges us to be good stewards of the heavenly mysteries revealed to us. He encourages us to give the Gospel, using the five talents of faith entrusted in these five books as capital and being accountable for them.

"Thought-provoking!" — A reviewer

 
On the Holy Spirit
Ambrose [337-340(4)-397]

A meticulous unraveling of the divine mystery, St. Ambrose’s On the Holy Spirit shows that the mission of prophets and apostles, and even of Christ Himself, is to be referred to the Holy Spirit, yet without any subjection on the part of the Son, because the Spirit also receives His mission from the Father and the Son. Proving the Godhead of the Holy Spirit St. Ambrose reveals there is but One God, not three, for the Three Divine Persons are One in holiness and nature! He concludes with a summary of the principal arguments.

"Very stimulating!" — A reviewer

 
The Trinity
Gregory Nazianzen (330-390)

Mind defying! Five awesome sermons Theological Orations (I-V) & Against the Arians and Concerning Himself by Gregory Nazianzen sweep you beyond the limits of thought and speech. Nazianzen, the first to use "procession" to describe the relationship between the Spirit and the Godhead is accurate and consistent in his reasoning, frequently citing the Scriptures in his debates. This vivid and quotable exponent of Trinitarian doctrine brilliantly interprets the sublime mystery of the Godhead, revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He holds together apparently irreconcilable ideas, the eternal and the language of relationship, which is rooted in the temporal. Inspirational!

"Excellent!" — D. Opperwall

"Thinking Outside of Time: Well worth the Effort!" — Benjamin

"Still remains one of the best treatments of Christology!" — Baroque Norseman

 
Trinitarian Treatise
Gregory of Nyssa (330-395)

An ambitious overview, Against Eunomius by Gregory of Nyssa is a fascinating look at how patristics and systematic interact. Gregory introduces the three stages of spiritual progression: initial ignorance, spiritual illumination, and a darkness of the mind in contemplating God who cannot be comprehended. Humanity after the Fall tries to become perfect like God, although that can never happen. Will help you genuinely understand God as an ineffable and infinite mystery, One in three and three in One. Gregory’s remarkable theological and mystical genius will particularly appeal to those of a contemplative bent.

"Great Book by a Great Man!" —"xerxes70"

"Something for both the general readership and the specialist!" — Johan Leemans

 
Trinitarian Answers
Gregory of Nyssa (330-395)

Remarkable! Gregory of Nyssa’s Answer to Eunomius’ Second Book defied Eunomius who argued for Arianism on strictly philosophical grounds. Gregory rejected the central presupposition of Eunomian theology, which held that concepts essentially predicated of God, can be derived analytically. God is incomprehensible; therefore, to define God’s inner nature, we can only state what His nature is not. Gregory repudiates that the Son and the Holy Spirit are part of created reality and that divine essence is "Ungenerateness" and that we know God by His operations or energies. A lucid and edifying appeal!

"Interesting!"— A reviewer

 
On the Holy Trinity
Basil the Great (329-379)

This highly significant critique of Eunomius’ heresy, De Spiritu Sancto by Basil the Great is among the most valuable of his works. Remembered for establishing communal monasticism in Eastern Christianity, Basil opposed Arianism, proving the divinity of the Holy Spirit. Theologically, Basil advocated the Spirit is not a creature but of One Essence and substance with the Father, Co-worker with the Father and the Son in the creation of the world and resurrection of the dead. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are inseparable from one another, sharing the same divine nature and confessed in the baptismal formula. Eye-opener!

"Basil shows us how to be true Christians!" — Kate

 
Ancient Comments on the Apostles Creed
Rufinus (340-410) & Augustine (354-430)

Comprehensive! In this noteworthy work Commentary on the Apostles Creed Rufinus delves deep, submitting an exposition of each article and the clauses contained within it. He clearly and concisely focuses on three articles in the Creed, pertaining to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, each of which has multiple clauses. Basically, it is a fine work of catechesis, a great way to study the major themes of the Trinity and the supporting themes, including the Church, forgiveness of sins and resurrection dead. Invaluable!

"Valuable Resource!" — D. K. Smith

"Highly recommended!" — Benjamin

Rich and fresh, Of Faith and the Creed is one of Augustine’s most accessible texts. His simple and straightforward style does not necessitate prior knowledge of the historical context to understand it. His explanation of the creed and the Lord’s Prayer reveal his most basic theological views. The questions throw light on the mutual relationship of the three Persons in the Godhead using the analogies of Being, Knowledge, and Love. Appropriate for a theology or advanced Sunday school class as well as for individual study.

"Excellent Introduction to Saint Augustine!" — Kristen Stewart

"One of the most significant Christian theological texts in history!" — John H. S. Burleigh

 
On the Holy Trinity
Augustine (354-430)

Intriguing! Augustine reveals his most subtle and brilliant intellect in On the Holy Trinity. Attempting to plumb the mystery of the triune God he develops a Scripture- based systematic theology and outlines a theological anthropology which discusses how some image of the Trinity exists in man because Man was created in the image of God. Learn how salvation is effected through Christ’s atoning death on the cross and how we can be incorporated into the body of Christ, the Church through the free acceptance of God’s gift of salvation.

"Extremely informative!" — William J. Murphy

"Essential reading for Christian thinkers!" — Greg

 
Universal Faith is Trinitarian
Vincent of Lerins (d.450)
Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus (480-524)

A complete, condensed capsule on the early church Fathers’ understanding of the value of tradition, Commonitory for the Antiquity and Universality of the Catholic Faith by Vincent of Lerins affirms authentic Christian teaching and is the standard to distinguish truth from heresy. A doctrine is "Catholic" only if everyone, everywhere always believed it, implying Universality, Antiquity and Consent. The Vincentian Canon was used since the late 1500s to resist Catholic "superstitions" that crept in as well as to justify the alleged "catholic" remnants in the Church of England after the Reformation. Anglicanism was the Church closest to Vincent’s canon. Erudite scholarship!

"A Staple of High Church Anglicanism!" — Quentin D. Stewart

A glorious masterpiece in expressive prose and dazzling verse, Boethius: The Theological Tractates by Boethius, Anicius Manlius Torquatus Severinus is a scholastic outline to solve the free will/determinism problem. These wonderful texts composed prior to his brutal execution tackle basic questions of what constitutes good and its connection with happiness. If God foreknows everything, then can voluntary beings ever enjoy free will? The great dilemma of all times! His discussion of the Triune God is most moving, inspiring, and thought provoking. An indefatigable book, it continuously opens up new corridors of thought. The philosopher’s perfect breviary!

"A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!" — Kait

"I can’t wait to read it again!" — Scott

"The Best Book you’ll ever read!" — PJ

"Boethius is without a doubt the Christian Socrates!" — Johannes Platonicus

 
Of God the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
John Owen (1616-1683)

With delicacy and dynamism, Owen in Of Communion with God the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost desires you to know God fully, love, abide and truly commune with Him in a deep and eternal way. Owen will enrich your vision of each distinct Person of the Trinity as you appreciate each One’s role and work in the lives of the believers. The work of a true systematic theologian Owen ties Scripture together to weave a tapestry of the Triune God who has revealed himself in the Bible. Phenomenal!

"A moving and rich book!" — James Upchurch

"Aid to Trinitarian Meditation!" — Brian A. LeStourgeon

"No one else has laid open the paths of personal fellowship with the Trinity the way Owen does!" — Piper

 
Divinity is Trinity
Charles Hodge (1797-1878)

Magnificent! Systematic Theology, the magnum opus of Charles Hodge, addresses important theological questions of both his and our current times! This monumental work includes three large volumes, beginning with the study of The Father, Son and Holy Ghost as distinct Persons, same in substance, equal in power and glory. The next volume examines the study of Man and the purpose of salvation and the Person of Christ Jesus, while the third focuses on the church and the end times. This meticulous work is truly a valuable resource!

"Outstanding value!" — Wayne

"A Master’s Masterpiece!" — Keith Wood

"The thoroughness of Hodge’s 3 Volume-work is beyond compare!" — Erik Cowand

 
The Fatherhood of God
Robert S. Candlish (1865)

Extravagant and lofty The Fatherhood of God by Robert S. Candlish irresistibly draws us to God as Father. From man’s original relationship with God, the Fatherhood of God as manifested in Christ, and the Fatherhood of God before the Incarnation, Candlish leads us on to Lord’s teaching on His own Sonship and how we can enter into that relationship, thus establishing the Trinitarian background of adoption. Expand your understanding of salvation, enhance your comprehension of God’s work in Christ through the Spirit and transform your relationship with God into a conscious delight of filial blessing.

"Heart-warming!" — A reviewer

 
Anglican Angle
Rev. William Jones (1792)
William Reed Huntington (1838- 1909)
W. H. Griffith Thomas (1861-1924)
H.C.G. Moule (1841-1920)

Four spectacular inputs from the Anglican perspective offer a fresh understanding of the Trinity.

Outstanding exegesis! Rev. Jones in his The Theological, Philosophical and Miscellaneous Works (Vol. I) states that God chooses visible things, the objects of sense, to teach man invisible things, the objects of faith. We thus understand His Divine Nature, from the power of Air, Fire, and Light which govern the visible world! God is a consuming fire, Christ the Light of the world, and the Holy Spirit is Wind. This relation between the powers of Nature and the Persons of the Godhead, so plain in the Scripture, gives a new perception of the Trinitarian Doctrine, denying the Unitarian belief of a single Person in the Godhead, for there is nothing in nature to support it. Incredible!Striking! Rev. Huntington’s The Fundamental Truths of Revealed Religion distinguishes the Christian as having a better knowledge of God. With an enlightened theology of knowing God exists, although unable to comprehend His character and His ways, the Christian is the more intelligently taught, owning a better tradition of God. Destroying the theories of pantheism, polytheism and dualism Rev. Huntington declares that if the kingdoms of light and darkness are co-eternal, their discordance and conflict must also endure eternally. Countering monotheism, he reveals the Old and New Testaments as embodying the majestic tradition of the Triune God. Solid teaching!

A detailed attractive work on the 39 Articles, the classic Anglican statement of the English Reformation, W. H. Griffith Thomas’ The Principles of Theology (Articles I, II & V) contains an excellent historical discussion of the development of the Articles, systematically organized and presented. Relating the historical context as well as the doctrinal position of the Church of England when the articles were formulated, his approach is both Reformed and analytical, as he grapples with the intended or implied meaning of each article. Highly enlightening!

"Thorough and engaging!" — David Shaw

"This work belongs in every theological library for a great study!" — Bryan Cruz

Highly relevant, Outlines of Christian Doctrine (Chapters 1-7) by H.C.G. Moule includes the main doctrines of the Christian Faith, and expressions of truths divinely revealed in the Scripture, particularly the Doctrines of God the Father, Christ, the Holy Spirit, Man, the Church and Sacraments. A truly helpful outline of Christian doctrine for individual and group study, clarifying unclear and obscure concepts. Elevating!

"Very helpful Biblical aid!" — A reviewer

 
 

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