Book Review: Irenaeus on the Trinity

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Book Review

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The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Theology


Jackson Lashier argues that previous scholarship has largely done a disservice to Irenaeus of Lyons as a Trinitarian theologian. Most scholars, while acknowledging that Irenaeus' accounts of God's operation in the economy are Triune, posit that he rejected as speculative any account of God divorced from Scripture. And given that the development of the doctrine of the Trinity is understood to be extra-biblical from the standpoint of biblical higher criticism, any attempt to search for Trinitarian theology in Irenaeus' writings is misguided and anachronistic.