Athanasius of Alexandria: Bishop, Theologian, Ascetic, Father - Christian Theology in Context (Hardback)
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Athanasius of Alexandria: Bishop, Theologian, Ascetic, Father - Christian Theology in Context (Hardback)

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Athanasius of Alexandria (c.295-373) is one of the greatest and most controversial figures of early Christian history. His life spanned the period of fundamental change for the Roman Empire and the Christian Church that followed the conversion of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman emperor. A bishop and theologian, an ascetic and a pastoral father, Athanasius played a central role in shaping Christianity in these crucial formative years. As bishop of Alexandria (328-73) he fought to unite the divided Egyptian Church and inspired admiration and opposition alike from fellow bishops and the emperor Constantine and his successors. Athanasius attended the first ecumenical Council of Nicaea summoned by Constantine in 325 and as a theologian would be remembered as the defender of the original Nicene Creed against the 'Arian' heresy. He was also a champion of the ascetic movement that transformed Christianity, a patron of monks and virgins and the author of numerous ascetic works including the famous Life of Antony. All these elements played their part in Athanasius' vocation as a pastoral father, responsible for the physical and spiritual wellbeing of his congregations. This book offers the first study in English to draw together these diverse yet inseparable roles that defined Athanasius' life and the influence that he exerted on subsequent Christian tradition. The presentation is accessible to both specialists and non-specialists and is illuminated throughout by extensive quotation from Athanasius' many writings, for it is through his own words that we may best approach this remarkable man.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199210961
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 438 g
Dimensions: 221 x 143 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
historians and theologians alike will welcome this volume as a valuable introduction to Athanasiusa ideas. * Michael Stuart Williams, Journal of Roman Studies *
a qualified success * Michael Slusser, Theological Studies *
David Gwynn offers an admirably learned, fluent and concise introduction to Athanasius of Alexandria, the controversial and colourful church Father. ... This is an introduction as it should beand its evident qualities recommend it to students, scholars and the wider educated public alike. * Winrich Lohr, Journal of Ecclesiastical History *
This book provides a comprehensive introduction to one of the most important figures of early Christianity. It will undoubtedly prove to be an invaluable resource for historians and theologians alike. ... benefits from a whole range of recent research into what might once have been treated as too obscure for the student. * Frances Young, Theology *
a clearly written and useful book ... Gwynns reading is a spirited example of what a positive reading of the texts can

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