This book presents the fundamental elements of Athanasius' response to the central questions of the identity of Jesus and the nature of his relationship with God.
Providing a useful introduction on his life and work, the book focuses on the tumultuous doctrinal controversies of the day in which he was a central figure.
Key selections from his writings, newly translated, have all been chosen with a view to presenting the rationale for Athanasius' fundamental theological positions: the divinity and humanity of Christ, human redemption, the divinity and work of the Holy Spirit, the logic of Christian worship, and the scriptural basis for the doctrinal formulations of the Council of Nicaea.
Students of history and classical studies, and even students of religious studies will find this an essential part of their course reading.
'Especially impressive in Anatolios's work is his explanation of the Athanasian perspective on sin as 'de-creation' and of the importance of stability in Athanasian soteriology … worthwhile and recommended.' – Reviews in Religion and Theology
'A worthwhile addition. Those who know nothing about Anthanasius … will find a reliable guide to his life and thought. The expert too might profit from Dr Anatolios' balanced and sympathetic presentation of the theology. Both will value the well-chosen and extensive extracts … Dr Anatalios brings a generally pleasing new style of appreciation to his subject.' – Theology
The Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church are central to the creation of Christian doctrine and the establishment of the Christian Church as a social entity in the first five centuries AD. Students of theology, religion, late antiquity and the early Middle Ages constantly encounter the names of these writers; yet most of them are dauntingly inaccessible to the student because of the volume of their writings and the relative paucity of available translations.
This series makes available translations of key selected texts by the major Fathers, for the use of all students of the early church. Each volume is the work of a distinguished scholar and theologian, who has selected and translated the most representative texts of the author in question. Each volume contains a long introduction setting the subject in his historical and philosophical context, as well as a brief introduction and notes on the translations.