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Christian Theologies of SalvationA Comparative Introduction$
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Justin S. Holcomb

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780814724439

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814724439.001.0001

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Patristic Theologies of Salvation

Patristic Theologies of Salvation

An Introduction

Chapter:
(p.11) 1 Patristic Theologies of Salvation
Source:
Christian Theologies of Salvation
Author(s):
D. H. Williams
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814724439.003.0002

Part I, on patristic theologies of salvation, covers Origen, Irenaeus, Augustine, Athanasius, and the Cappadocians. This overview chapter demonstrates that although the patristic era of the church never produced a unified or systematic theory of salvation, the ancient writers were diligent to articulate pastoral and practical doctrine helpful to their congregations, which certainly included teaching about salvation. Williams overviews the differing approaches regarding salvation early theologians constructed, while explaining how the early church writings focused primarily on the giver of salvation through Christ rather than on the receiver of salvation in the individual.

Keywords:   salvation, Cappadocians, Origen, Irenaeus, Augustine, Athanasius

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