Dr. Christopher A. Hall, first Chancellor of Eastern University, and world renownedscholar/teacher has had a long career of both ministry and academic teaching. He has served inthe pastorate oversees, France for five years, and British Columbia, Canada for two years. He haswritten many articles and many books. Three such books deal with the early church fathers. Theyare
Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers,and Praying with the Church Fathers.
It is the second book that this review will concentrateupon. In this book Dr. Hall takes the reader upon a journey to discover once again what a realstudy in theology is all about. This review will show that this book is not only a historicalaccount of the early struggles of the church¶s theological issues, but it is practical for the churchtoday. It is the hope that once one reads this review they will want to read
Learning Theologywith the Church Fathers,
and really enter the journey to pursue after the doctrines that make upthe church today.
In the opening chapter, Hall outlines the key doctrines that he is going to discuss namelythe key theological loci that surrounded the Church Fathers¶ thinking; namely, the question of authority, the Trinity, the incarnation, Christ¶s work, question of humanity, question of thechurch, and the question of the future (18). Hall outlines his chapters around these issues bylooking at some of the controversies that rocked the early church. In chapter two Hall takes onthe Arian controversy and the question of just who was Jesus. He outlines the arguments of Ariusthat thought that Jesus was a created being and those of Athanasius that believed Jesus was theson of God not created but coexistent. Chapter three covers the topic of the Trinity. Hall