'this is a valuable study which offers a useful perspective on the
debate between free-will and determinism in the early church'
Gerald Bostock, Expository Times
'Lyman's thesis ... repays patient study and I believe she is successful in showing that more complex models are needed by modern scholars in order to grasp and describe the complexities of early Christian expositions of theology.'
Michael Insley, Anvil, Vol. 11, No. 2, 1994
`This fascinating and illuminating discussion should be read not just by the patristic specialist, but by the systematic theologian. It may not be a work that alerts us to new material, but it most certainly puts familiar material into a different perspective. The book overtly challenges imbalances in previous expositions. The readings offered ring true to the texts, providing an important corrective to the standard judgements offered in the textbooks. ...
the plurality of settings and models within early Christian theology needs the kind of recognition it is given here.'
Frances M. Young, Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 47, No. 1, Apr '96