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Hilary of Poitiers on the Trinity: From De Fide to De Trinitate

Carl Beckwith


Hilary of Poitiers (c300–368), who was instrumental in shaping the development of pro-Nicene theology in the West, combined two separate works, a treatise on faith (De Fide) and a treatise against the “Arians” (Adversus Arianos), to create De Trinitate; his chief theological contribution to the 4th-century Trinitarian debates. Scholars have long recognized the presence of these two treatises in Hilary's De Trinitate but have been unable to settle the questions of when and why Hilary did this. This book addresses these questions concerning the structure and chronology of De Trinitate by situati ... More

Keywords: Hilary of Poitiers, De Trinitate, Nicene Creed, synod of Béziers, Arius, Athanasius, Basil of Ancyra, Photinus of Sirmium, homoousios, Homoiousians, Homoians, Trinity, theological method, faith and reason, interpretation of scripture, Gospel of John

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199551644
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551644.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Beckwith, author
Assistant Professor in Divinity in Church History, Beeson Divinity School
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