Arius: Heresy and Tradition
Arius is widely considered to be Rowan Williams's magnum opus. Long out of print and never before available in paperback, it has been newly revised. This expanded and updated edition marks a major publishing event.
Arianism has been called the "archetypal Christian heresy" because it denies the divinity of Christ. In his masterly examination of Arianism, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was actually a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an attempt to unite traditional biblical language with radical philosophical ideas and techniques and was, from the start, involved with issues of authority in the church. Thus, the crisis of the early fourth century was not only about the doctrine of God but also about the relations between emperors, bishops, and "charismatic" teachers in the church's decision-making. In the course of his discussion, Williams raises the vital wider questions of how heresy is defined and how certain kinds of traditionalism transform themselves into heresy.
Augmented with a new appendix in which Williams interacts with significant scholarship since 1987, this book provides fascinating reading for anyone interested in church history and the development of Christian doctrine.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
according active Alexander Alexandria already appears argues argument Arian Arius Arms Athanasius authority become beginning believe bishops called Catholic century Christ Christian Church clear Clement comes concern continuity controversy created creation creature critical described Dionysius discussion distinct divine doctrine earlier early episcopal eternal Eusebius evidence existence expressions fact faith Father fragments further give God's human Ibid idea implies intelligible interpretation issue Jesus kind language later least less letter Logos material matter means mentioned mind nature Nicaea Nicene noted Opitz Origen participation particular passage perhaps period Philo philosophical possible present principle probably problem question rational reading reality reference relation remains represents Scripture seems seen sense shared Son's speak Spirit substance suggests supporters synod teaching Thalia theology things thought tradition understanding unity whole Wisdom
Page 5 - And so of the present perils, with which our branch of the Church is beset, as they bear a marked resemblance to those of the fourth century, so are the lessons, which we gain from that ancient time, especially cheering and edifying to Christians of the present day. Then as now, there was the prospect, and partly the presence in the Church, of an Heretical Power enthralling it, exerting a varied influence and a usurped claim in the appointment of her functionaries, and interfering with the management...
Page 5 - ... of Arianism, we may rejoice in the piety, prudence, and varied graces of our spiritual rulers, and may rest in the confidence that, should the hand of Satan press us sore, our Athanasius and Basil will be given us in their destined season, ' to break the bonds of the oppressor, and set the captive free.