Athanasius (The Early Church Fathers) by Khaled Anatolios

By Khaled Anatolios

This ebook provides the basic parts of Athanasius' reaction to the principal questions of the id of Jesus and the character of his dating with God. offering an invaluable creation on his lifestyles and paintings, the publication specializes in the tumultuous doctrinal controversies of the day during which he used to be a important determine. Key decisions from his writings, newly translated, have all been selected so as to proposing the explanation for Athanasius' basic theological positions: the divinity and humanity of Christ, human redemption, the divinity and paintings of the Holy Spirit, the common sense of Christian worship, and the scriptural foundation for the doctrinal formulations of the Council of Nicaea. scholars of heritage and classical stories, or even scholars of non secular reports will locate this an important a part of their path examining.

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Ultimately, it is a conception of the human being as an entity whose very existence is radically gifted. Precisely because its whole being is gifted, humanity has no hold on being apart from that irreducibly radical gift. The reality of its being nothing apart from the gift of participation in God is humanity’s nature, or physis. That it does exist, and even shares in the life of God himself, is due to the grace, or charis, that reflects the divine philanthropy. Although all creation partakes of this dialectic of the simultaneity of intrinsic nothingness and participation in the Word, humanity’s participation is unique, as the above passage asserts.

Inc. 13)140 God’s very glory is thus implicated in the fate of creation, especially in the fate of humanity. The divine traits manifested in the act of creation, God’s strength and love, are undermined by the decreation of sin and need to be reasserted by God himself. If sin is a de-creation by which humanity reverts toward nothingness, redemption requires a “re-creation,” or a “renewal” of creation, that can be effected only by the same philanthropic creative power of the Word, a power that is not vulnerable to the inherent nothingness of all created nature.

Therefore, according to the words of James, we have hope that we shall attain to “the fullness of joy when we encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of our faith produces patience” (Jas 1:2). Let us, then, rejoice in spirit, my brothers, knowing that our salvation is being stored up for us in the midst of the time of affliction. For our Savior did not redeem us by resting but destroyed death by suffering for us. Therefore, he told us beforehand, “In the world you shall have affliction” (Jn 16:33).

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