Ayres’s book is ambitious. Not content to write the first history of the great trinitarian debates that eschews use of the description “Arian” or “semi-Arian” (slurs used by pro-Nicene theologians that confuse more than they clarify), he argues that much contemporary trinitarian theology fails to attend well to its fourth-century sources. For Ayres, the trinitarian debates were less about whether Jesus is God and more about what the meaning of God is.


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