Athanasius: A Theological Introduction

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Religion - 150 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

The Life and Times of Athanasius
1
Contra Gentes
11
De Incarnatione
27
Defender and Interpreter of Nicea
49
The Redemptive Life of the Incarnate Son
81
The Trinity and the Holy Spirit
103
Being Conformed into the Likeness of Christ
121
Athanasius Contemporary Significance
133
Select Bibliography
141
Index of Names
147
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