Business Hours

Monday – Saturday
6 AM – 6 PM PDT
Local: 11:43 PM
Formation of Christian Theology (3 vols.)
This image is for illustration only. The product is a download.

Formation of Christian Theology (3 vols.)

by

St Vladimir’s Seminary Press 2001–2004

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.
$64.95

Overview

The Formation of Christian Theology series traces developments in theology from the earliest days of Christianity to the Seventh Ecumenical Council. Through original and penetrating analysis of selected figures and controversies from the first through the fourth centuries AD, John Behr presents not only the history of theological reflection, but a sustained analysis of the resulting theology. The first volume, The Way to Nicaea, deals with the first three centuries of Christianity. In the two-volume sequel Behr turns his attention to the fourth century, in which Christian theology was formulated as the Nicene faith, the common heritage of most Christians to this day. Behr presents a powerful vision of Christian theology, centered upon Christ and his passion.

In the Logos editions, these valuable volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Key Features

  • Examines developments in Christian theology during its first four centuries
  • Studies key figures, councils, and controversies
  • Reflects upon the nature of Christian theology

Praise for the Print Edition

[The] uneasy relationship between Orthodoxy and critical theology is being transcended in some of our younger Orthodox theologians. The most striking, and hopeful, example is the work by John Behr. Professor Behr does not take refuge in easy answers and his Orthodoxy is radical not conservative... This is, therefore, a demanding book, requiring of its readers careful attention: but such attention will be richly repaid.

Andrew Louth, professor and Orthodox chaplain, department of religion and theology, University of Durham

Product Details

  • Title: Formation of Christian Theology
  • Author: John Behr
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press
  • Volumes: 2
  • Pages: 816
  • Christian Group: Orthodox
  • Resource Type: Histories
  • Topic: Historical Theology

Individual Titles

Formation of Christian Theology, vol. 1: The Way to Nicaea

  • Author: John Behr
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 280

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

In this volume, John Behr treats the first three centuries of the Christian era. Part I examines the establishment of Christianity in the first century based on the tradition of the Gospel, and briefly sketches the scriptural Christ as inscribed in the New Testament.

Part II analyzes selected figures from the second century—Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus of Lyons—considering how they understood Christ to be the Word of God. Part III turns to the third century, treating Hippolytus and the debates in Rome, Origen and his legacy in Alexandria, and Paul of Samosata and the Council of Antioch. These debates form the background for the controversies and councils of the following centuries.

Formation of Christian Theology, vol. 2: The Nicene Faith (Part 1)

  • Author: John Behr
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 278

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

John Behr provides a series of original, comprehensive, and insightful sketches of theology of the key protagonists of the Nicene faith in the fourth century. Part one, “True God of True God,” begins with a reflection on the nature of Christian theology—challenging common presuppositions—and an analysis and survey of the fourth century controversies. He follows with studies of Alexander, Arius, the Council of Nicaea, and, Athanasius.

This is a masterpiece, comprehensive and lucid and always going into the depth and heart of the argument of the Fathers. It would be hard to find a better guide to the fourth century. It avoids clichés and ‘textbook’ distortions of the theologies of the period, and succeeds in presenting the faith of Nicaea in all its evangelistic and transforming vigor.

Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury

An academic study of the highest caliber. Believing Christians, who can never know enough about the Nicene faith, will be deeply grateful for this excellent book.

—Fr. Thomas Hopko, dean emeritus, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

The publication of John Behr’s The Nicene Faith is a major event for patristic studies. Behr looks at one of the most crucial stages in the articulation of the distinctively Christian conception of God from a new perspective, and with a refreshing gift for seeing the forest as well as the trees.

—Brian E. Daley, Catherine F. Husking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Behr offers a new and provocative telling of the fourth-century story. This insightful re-reading of patristic theological reflection is a bold challenge to modern readings of the so-called trinitarian debates.

-Steven A. McKinion, associate professor of historical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Formation of Christian Theology, vol. 2: The Nicene Faith (Part 1) and Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 2: The Nicene Faith (Part 2) will be combined into one resource.

Formation of Christian Theology, vol. 2: The Nicene Faith (Part 2)

  • Author: John Behr
  • Publisher: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 258

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

John Behr provides a series of original, comprehensive, and insightful sketches of theology of the key protagonists of the Nicene faith in the fourth century. Part two, “One of the Holy Trinity,” provides analyses of the work of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, and Gregory of Nyssa, together with their opponents, in particular Eunomius and Apollinarius.

This is a masterpiece, comprehensive and lucid and always going into the depth and heart of the argument of the Fathers. It would be hard to find a better guide to the fourth century. It avoids clichés and ‘textbook’ distortions of the theologies of the period, and succeeds in presenting the faith of Nicaea in all its evangelistic and transforming vigor.

Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury

An academic study of the highest caliber. Believing Christians, who can never know enough about the Nicene faith, will be deeply grateful for this excellent book.

—Fr. Thomas Hopko, dean emeritus, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

The publication of John Behr’s The Nicene Faith is a major event for patristic studies. Behr looks at one of the most crucial stages in the articulation of the distinctively Christian conception of God from a new perspective, and with a refreshing gift for seeing the forest as well as the trees.

—Brian E. Daley, Catherine F. Husking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Behr offers a new and provocative telling of the fourth-century story. This insightful re-reading of patristic theological reflection is a bold challenge to modern readings of the so-called trinitarian debates.

-Steven A. McKinion, associate professor of historical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Formation of Christian Theology, vol. 2: The Nicene Faith (Part 1) and Formation of Christian Theology, Vol. 2: The Nicene Faith (Part 2) will be combined into one resource.

About John Behr

John Behr is dean of St. Valdimir’s Seminary, professor of patristics, and editor of the Popular Patristics Series. He is also the distinguished lecturer in Patristics at Fordahm University. He is an Eastern Orthodox priest and holds a DPhil in Theology from Oxford University and an MTh from St. Valdimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Mystery of Christ and Becoming Human.

More details about these resources