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Athanasius: A Theological Introduction

by Thomas G. Weinandy

As the Patri­arch of Alexan­dria in the crit­i­cal 4th cen­tu­ry, Athana­sius’ sig­nif­i­cance was with­out doubt pro­found both as a pas­tor and the­olo­gian. With res­olute con­vic­tion and pow­er­ful per­son­al­i­ty he became the ardent cham­pi­on of the Coun­cil of Nicea’s affir­ma­tion of the full divin­i­ty of the Son, and in so doing he became the most resource­ful and inno­v­a­tive the­olo­gian of his day. His Chris­tol­ogy pro­vid­ed sig­nif­i­cant the­o­log­i­cal clar­i­fi­ca­tions that would become deci­sive for Cyril of Alexan­dria and the Coun­cils of Eph­esus and Chal­cedon. Athana­sius is a the­olo­gian of great impor­tance and rel­e­vance today when many of his con­cerns are still our own. This book offers a fresh schol­ar­ly intro­duc­tion to the the­ol­o­gy of Athana­sius that will ben­e­fit not only the stu­dent but the edu­cat­ed lay read­er as well. Weinandy explores, in a lucid and insight­ful man­ner, all of the key the­o­log­i­cal con­tro­ver­sies, ques­tions and themes that appear with­in Athana­sius’ thought: Rev­e­la­tion, Scrip­ture and Tra­di­tion; Cre­ation and the Fall; The Nicene Cri­sis; The Incar­na­tion and sal­va­tion; the divin­i­ty of the Holy Spir­it; the Church and Sacra­ments; and the Chris­t­ian Life and Monasticism.

2007

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