Early Christian Doctrines: Revised Edition

by J. N. D. Kelly

Paperback, 1978





A history of doctrines of the Early Church, written and arranged with exceptional clarity by a leading patristic scholar. Canon Kelly describes the development of the principal Christian doctrines from the close of the first century to the middle of the fifth, and from the end of the apostolic age to the council of Chalcedon.


HarperOne (1978), Edition: 5th Revised ed., 511 pages


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LibraryThing member davidpwithun
This book is a tour de force of early Christian beliefs. J.N.D. Kelly touches every major Father of the Church from the Apostolic Age to the 6th century as well as many relatively minor figures from the early Church. If you want to know what the early Christians believed, I highly recommend this
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book to you. I caution, though, that in order to get the most out of this book you must have a thorough knowledge of the history of Christianity for the first six centuries at least. This book is already 500 pages long, so there's little time for Kelly to stop along the way to explain historical developments. The book is not even done in chronological order other than perhaps separating the Apostolic Fathers and Apologists from the later Fathers into two different sections of the book; the primary division of the book, though, is thematic. Nonetheless -- read this book if you're interested in knowing what the earliest Christians believed!
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LibraryThing member temsmail
This book shows why doctrine matters and why it cannot be ignored by the theologian or pastor. Combined with "The Cruelty of Heresy," the scope of orthodoxy is better understood.
LibraryThing member Michael_Godfrey
an outstanding book, shocking bound with the cheapest, nastiest glue I have ever encountered outside of Mills and Boon! C'mon, Harper & Row - this deserved better.
LibraryThing member DrJane
Classic reference book.
LibraryThing member wyclif
A standard text hallowed by theological students for decades, this is an excellent reference and overview of the history of early Christian belief and doctrinal development. Dryly-written, restrained, and erudite, Kelly is a reliable scholar of the early Fathers and has earned the trust of
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generations of the faithful.
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