Arius: Heresy and Tradition

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Arius is widely considered to be Rowan Williams's magnum opus. Long out of print and never before available in paperback, it has been newly revised. This expanded and updated edition marks a major publishing event. Arianism has been called the "archetypal Christian heresy" because it denies the divinity of Christ. In his masterly examination of Arianism, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was actually a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the ...
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Overview

Arius is widely considered to be Rowan Williams's magnum opus. Long out of print and never before available in paperback, it has been newly revised. This expanded and updated edition marks a major publishing event. Arianism has been called the "archetypal Christian heresy" because it denies the divinity of Christ. In his masterly examination of Arianism, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself was actually a dedicated theological conservative whose concern was to defend the free and personal character of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an attempt to unite traditional biblical language with radical philosophical ideas and techniques and was, from the start, involved with issues of authority in the church. Thus, the crisis of the early fourth century was not only about the doctrine of God but also about the relations between emperors, bishops, and "charismatic" teachers in the church's decision-making. In the course of his discussion, Williams raises the vital wider questions of how heresy is defined and how certain kinds of traditionalism transform themselves into heresy. Augmented with a new appendix in which Williams interacts with significant scholarship since 1987, this book provides fascinating reading for anyone interested in church history and the development of Christian doctrine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802849694
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 1,489,798
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, has also served as the Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, the Bishop of Monmouth, and the Archbishop of Wales. A Fellow of the British Academy, Archbishop Williams has written a number of books on the history of theology and spirituality and has published collections of articles and sermons, as well as two books of poetry.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction: Images of a Heresy 1
Pt. I Arius and the Nicene Crisis
A Arius before Arianism 29
B The Nicene Crisis: Documents and Dating 48
Pt. II Arius and Theology
A The Theology of Arius 95
B Alexandria and the Legacy of Origen 117
C Theology Outside Egypt 158
Pt. III Arius and Philosophy
A Creation and Beginning 181
B Intellect and Beyond 199
C Analogy and Participation 215
Postscript (Theological) 233
App. 1 Arius since 1987 247
App. 2 Credal Documents 269
Notes 281
Abbreviations 353
Bibliography 355
Index of Names 371
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    Not for the Faint-Hearted

    I found this book to be confusing and difficult to read. A glossery would help, as well as an initial listing of the main characters in the drama. A description of the importance of the Arian Heresy (and a short definition of it) at the beginning of the book would provide a road map for the traveler not familiar with Theologyland. I found that the rambling style and copious footnotes (at the back of the book, of course) reminded me of the worst of my college professors, intensely knowlegeable as to the subject but not interested in making the subject understandable to the student. Why three stars? The research was impressive, the subject compelling enough to struggle through.

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