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Author Noble, T. A. (Thomas Arthur)

Title Holy trinity, holy people : the theology of Christian perfecting / T.A. Noble
Published Cambridge : James Clarke & Co., 2013
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Description 1 online resource (252 pages)
Series The Didsbury lectures ; 2012
Didsbury lectures ; 2012
Contents Front Cover; The Didsbury Lectures:Series Preface; Title page ; Copyright; Contents; Dedication; Preface; Abbreviations; 1. Preliminaries; a) Wesley's Catholic and Evangelical Doctrine; b) First Axiom: Holy Scripture; c) Second Axiom: Tradition; d) Third Axiom: Rational Spiritual Experience; e) Fourth Axiom: Trinitarian, Christocentric Shape ofChristian Theology; 2. Christian Perfecting in Holy Scripture; a) The Meaning of "Perfection"; b) Biblical Roots; c) Old Testament; d) The Synoptic Gospels and Acts; e) Holiness in the Writings of Paul; f) Christian Holiness in Romans
B) The Wesleyan Tradition and the Trinityc) The Monotheistic Model: Holiness as Separation; d) The Trinitarian Model:Holiness as a Communion of Love; e) The Church as the Image of the Holy Trinity; Bibliography; Back Cover
D) Sinful Humanitye) Conclusion; 6. Christian Holiness and the Atonement; a) The Doctrine of the Atonement; b) Christian Perfecting and the Atonement; c) The Victorious King; d) The Self-Sacrificing Priest; e) The Unique Prophet; 7. Christian Holiness and the Incarnation; a) The Centrality of Christ; b) "Christ Jesus, whom God made ... our sanctification"; 8. Christian Holiness and the Holy Trinity; a) The Spirit and the Last Days; b) The Spirit and Christ; c) The Spirit and the Apostles; d) The Spirit and the Disciple Today; 9. Reflecting the Holy Trinity; a) Trinitarian Debates
G) Paul's Other Lettersh) John: The Gospel and the First Epistle; i) Sanctification in Hebrews, 1 Peter, and Revelation; j) Conclusion; 3. Christian Perfecting in Church Tradition ; a) The Greek Fathers; (b) The Latin Tradition; (c) The Reformation Context; Conclusion; 4. Wesley's Doctrine of Christian Perfecting ; a) Understanding Wesley's Doctrine; c) Justification and the New Birth; d) The "Gradual Work" of Sanctification; f) An Imperfect Perfection; g) Conclusion; 5. Reformulating Wesley's Doctrine Today ; a) Wesley's Limitations; b) Two Key Concepts; c) A Revolution in our Motivation
Summary Teaching on the sanctification of Christians using the difficult word ""perfection"" has been part of Christian spirituality through the centuries. The Church Fathers spoke of it and Augustine of Hippo particularly contributed his penetrating analysis of human motivation in terms of love. Medieval theologians such as Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Aquinas developed the tradition and wrote of levels or ""degrees"" of ""perfection"" in love. However, the doctrine has not fared well among Protestants. John Wesley was the one major Protestant leader who tried to blend this ancient tradition of Chr
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed October 8, 2013)
Subject Holiness.
Sanctification -- Biblical teaching.
Sanctification -- Christianity -- History of doctrines.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0227901916 (electronic bk.)
9780227901915 (electronic bk.)