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Nicaea and its LegacyAn Approach to Fourth-Century Trinitarian Theology$
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Lewis Ayres

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198755067

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198755066.001.0001

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‘Walk Towards him Shining’ 1

‘Walk Towards him Shining’ 1

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Nicaea and its Legacy

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Builds on the previous two, looking first at common pro-Nicene anthropological themes. Pro-Nicenes share ‘dual-focus’ anthropologies, in which a rightly ordered soul is attentive both to the governing of the body and to the presence of God to the soul. These beliefs form the background to the accounts of purification that are, in turn, taken to be the context for the good practice of Trinitarian theology. The second half of the chapter considers shared pro-Nicene accounts of Scripture. Pro-Nicenes share a new sense of the efficacy and yet the mysteriousness of the scriptural text that shapes and is shaped by the pro-Nicene aesthetic is outlined in the previous chapter.

Keywords:   anthropology, asceticism, Augustine, body, John Chrysostom, purification, Rufinus, scripture, soul

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