The Historic Doctrine of Christian Perfecting
By T.A. Noble
Due for release: 26/09/2013
Holiness is a key concept of the Christian faith, and Christians have always tried to attain a state of holiness through their actions and prayers. The author explores the ways in which those who follow Christ will be changed by becoming His disciples. How like their Master can Christians become in this life? How well can they reflect the love of their heavenly Father? How far can they be filled with his Spirit? And is there such a thing as Christian “perfection”?
Focusing on prophets, The Church Fathers, on Augustine of Hippo, Bernard of Clairvaux and Thomas Aquinas, T. A. Noble reveals the different facets of the Christian idea of perfection. Augustine contributed to this thought with his penetrating analysis of human motivation in terms of love, while Bernard and Aquinas developed the tradition and considered levels or “degrees” of “perfection” in love. Although many Protestants abandoned the doctrine of perfect holiness, John Wesley tried to blend this ancient tradition with the Reformation proclamation of justification by grace through faith. This book seeks to develop Wesley’s synthesis of patristic and Reformation theology. Noble examines what basis may be found for Wesley’s understanding of sanctification in the central doctrines of the church, particularly the atonement, the doctrine of Christ, and the most comprehensive of all Christian doctrines, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
In Holy Trinity: Holy People, Noble concentrates on Wesley’s works, in order to consider how Christian “perfection” can be expressed in a more nuanced way today.
About the Author: T. A. Noble is Professor of Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and also Senior Research Fellow in Theology at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, UK. He was recently president of the Wesleyan Theological Society.
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