Doctrine and Philosophy in Early Christianity: Arius, Athanasius, Augustine, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Doctrine and Philosophy in Early Christianity

Arius, Athanasius, Augustine, 1st Edition

By Christopher Stead


314 pages

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Hardback: 9780860788300
pub: 2000-08-09

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The studies in this second collection by Professor Stead, which includes three pieces hitherto unpublished, investigate in detail the philosophical basis and legitimacy of important statements of early Christian doctrine, focusing on the writings of Arius, Athanasius and Augustine. Arius is shown as a theologian of merit, rather than the monster portrayed by conventional historians, with Athanasius' polemical attacks on him emerging as ill-founded - though Athanasius' own positive teaching is deservedly famous. Augustine appears as not only a masterly theologian, but an enterprising philosopher, albeit one capable of error. His cosmology, often neglected, forms the subject of one of the unpublished studies.


'…the book provides an intellectual rich and rigorous journey through fourth- and fifth-century Christian thought…' Journal of Early Christian Studies 'It is the chief merit of this series to make available between two covers works that are not readly accessible… the series appears to be moving in a gratifying direction… an extremely useful introduction… enormously learned… essential reading… a thoroughly remarkable collection of essays.' Adamantius

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Greek influence on Christian thought; The appropriation of the philosophical concept of God by early Christian theologians: W. Pannenberg’s Thesis Reconsidered; Marcel Richard on Malchion and Paul of Samosata; Arius in modern research; Was Arius a Neoplatonist?; Arius on God’s many words; The Word ’from nothing’; The Arian controversy: a new perspective; Knowledge of God in Eusebius and Athanasius; Athanasius’ earliest written work; Athanasius als Exeget; The Scriptures and the soul of Christ in Athanasius; St. Athanasius on the Psalms; Why not three Gods? The logic of Gregory of Nyssa’s Trinitarian Doctrine; Augustine’s philosophy of being; The intelligible world in Platonic tradition, Marius Victorinus and Augustine; Augustine’s universe; Augustine’s De Magistro: a philosopher’s view (with addendum); Augustine, the Meno and the subconscious mind; Logic and the application of names to God; Divine simplicity as a problem for orthodoxy; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General