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Holy Trinity: Holy People: The Theology of Christian Perfecting (Didsbury Lectures)

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Holiness is a core Christian concept, running like a thread through the Scriptures. The Church Fathers, and Augustine of Hippo in particular, developed the idea; medieval theologians contributed the idea of degrees of perfection in love. With the Reformation theological emphasis moved elsewhere, but John Wesley brought the emphasis on holiness to the centre of his teaching, blending the ancient tradition of Christian perfection with the Reformation proclamation of justification by grace through faith. In 'Holy Trinity: Holy People' T.A. Noble develops Wesley's synthesis of patristic and reformation theology to consider how Christian 'perfection' can be expressed in a more nuanced way in today's culture. 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 Incarnation of the Holy Trinity. What he presents is a fully trinitarian theology of holiness. 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. 'This book is a landmark in treatments of Wesley's doctrine of Christian perfection. Be assured: this is no parochial performance. Noble's work does not just revisit the Wesleys of old; he integrates his critical assessment of their insights into a penetrating vision of the Triune God. Marked by a singular beauty of expression and structure, this work will become a benchmark in the field of Wesleyan and Methodist theology.' William J. Abraham, Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

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'This excellent book exemplifies the catholic spirit of the Wesleyan theological tradition at its best. [...] This book has important implications for ecclesiology as well as theology, not just within the Wesleyan tradition of theological thought but within the whole oikoumene. It is a book to ponder, to read several times over, to wrestle with and to pray with. It is unreservedly commended.' --David Carter, Churches Together in England

'Wide-ranging and thought-provoking, these lectures are to be commended as a valuable attempt to rescue Wesley's teaching from historical theology's cabinet of curiosities.' --Rev. Dr. Martin Wellings, Methodist Recorder, 31st January, 2014

'This book is a landmark in treatments of Wesley's doctrine of Christian perfection. Be assured: this is no parochial performance. Noble's work does not just revisit the Wesleys of old; he integrates his critical assessment of their insights into a penetrating vision of the Triune God. Marked by a singular beauty of expression and structure, this work will become a benchmark in the field of Wesleyan and Methodist theology.' --William J. Abraham, Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

A valuable contribution for ecclesial, undergraduate, or introductory seminary courses as well as for specific study on sanctification. It bears particular interest for individuals in the Wesleyan tradition... Its solid systematic contribution developed amid Wesleyan hymns and patristic citations makes for reading that is both mentally and spiritually stimulating. --D. Glenn Butner, Reviews in Religion & Theology, Volume 21, issue 3, July 2014

'This book is a landmark in treatments of Wesley's doctrine of Christian perfection. Be assured: this is no parochial performance. Noble's work does not just revisit the Wesleys of old; he integrates his critical assessment of their insights into a penetrating vision of the Triune God. Marked by a singular beauty of expression and structure, this work will become a benchmark in the field of Wesleyan and Methodist theology.' --William J. Abraham, Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

The remarkable thing about this book is the way it integrates the 'doctrine of Christian perfection', a controversial aspect of the Wesleyan theology, into both the whole conspectus of key Christian doctrines and long-range perspectives on the history of Christian theological thinking and practice. This, alongside critical treatment of the more unsatisfactory manifestations of this 'holines' tradition, makes it worthy of serious ecumenical attention. --Frances Young, Theology, vol 117, issue 6, 2014

'This book is a landmark in treatments of Wesley's doctrine of Christian perfection. Be assured: this is no parochial performance. Noble's work does not just revisit the Wesleys of old; he integrates his critical assessment of their insights into a penetrating vision of the Triune God. Marked by a singular beauty of expression and structure, this work will become a benchmark in the field of Wesleyan and Methodist theology.' --William J. Abraham, Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

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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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