Doctrine and Philosophy in Early Christianity: Arius, Athanasius, Augustine

1st Edition

Christopher Stead

Routledge
Published August 9, 2000
Reference - 314 Pages
ISBN 9780860788300 - CAT# Y284404
Series: Variorum Collected Studies

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Summary

The studies in this second collection by Professor Stead, which includes three pieces hitherto unpublished, investigate in detail the philosophical basis and legitimacy of important statements of early Christian doctrine, focusing on the writings of Arius,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 His cosmology, often neglected, forms the subject of one of the unpublished studies.

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