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Tertullian and the Heretical Origins of the Orthodox Trinity

McGowan, Andrew B. (2006) Tertullian and the Heretical Origins of the Orthodox Trinity. Journal of Early Christian Studies, 14 (4). pp. 337-457. ISSN 1067-6341


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Tertullian's allegiance to the 'New Prophecy'(later known as Montanism) has often been connected only to his advocacy of ascetic discipline, and has been considered irrelevant to his treatment of doctrine. In his treatise 'Against Praexas', he defends and articulates trinitarian belief, insisting on continuity between his defense of the Paraclete and the older Rule of Faith. This work indicates that Monarchian Christians at Carthage were susbstantially the same as the 'psychic' majority opposed to the New Prophecy. Thus what was to become 'orthodox' Christian theology depended on the 'heretical' New Prophecy at this particular place and time.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Tertullian, Trinity, doctrine of,heresy, Montanism
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Systematic Theology
C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-TCTS: United Faculty of Theology - Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 03:08
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2015 01:39
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/79

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