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Augustine, the Trinity, and the Church: A Reading of the Anti-Donatist Sermons

Adam Ployd


This study investigates the relationship between Augustine’s trinitarian theology and his anti-Donatist ecclesiology in a series of forty-one sermons that he preached between December 406 and mid-summer 407, including the enarrationes on the Psalms of Ascent (119–133), the first sixteen tractates on the Gospel of John, and the ten tractates on the First Epistle of John. Augustine uses pro-Nicene principles and exegesis to construct his understanding of the church against the Donatists. In doing so, he depicts a church whose identity and integrity are grounded in the life and work of the triune ... More

Keywords: Augustine, Trinity, ecclesiology, church, pro-Nicene, Christ, Holy Spirit, Donatists, sermons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190212049
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212049.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Ployd, author
Assistant Professor of Church History and Historical Theology, Eden Theological Seminary