Athanasius and His Legacy: Trinitarian-Incarnational Soteriology and Its Reception

Athanasius and His Legacy: Trinitarian-Incarnational Soteriology and Its Reception

by Thomas Weinandy, Daniel A. Keating


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Athanasius was a fiery and controversial bishop from Egypt, driven from his See no less than five times. Yet, his work served as a keystone to the settlement of the central disputes of the fourth century, from the Trinitarian and christological debates at Nicaea to the formulation of the divinity of the Holy Spirit. In this volume, Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., and Daniel A. Keating introduce readers to this key thinker and carefully illuminate Athanasius‘s crucial text Against the Arians, unfolding the Trinitarian and incarnational framework of Athanasius‘s paramount concern: soteriology. The authors provide, in the second part, a robust map of the reception and influence of Athanasius‘s thought-from its immediate impact on the late fourth and fifth centuries (in the Cappadocians and Cyril) to its significance for the Eastern and Western Christian traditions and its reception in contemporary thought. Herein, Athanasius is presented for today‘s readers as one of the chief architects of Christian doctrine and one of the most significant thinkers for the reclamation of the Trinitarian and christological theological tradition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506406282
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Series: Mapping the Tradition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., has spent most of his Capuchin priestly life as a teacher. He has taught at various Catholic universities in the United States and for twelve years lectured in history and doctrine within the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford. Upon his return to the States, he was executive director for the Secretariat of Doctrine at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.Daniel A. Keating is professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Part I Athanasius's Trinitarian-Incarnational Soteriology

1 Athanasius and the Council of Nicaea 7

2 The Trinity and the Holy Spirit 25

3 Athanasius's Incarnational Soteriology 37

Part II The Contested Legacy of Athanasius

4 The Reception of Athanasius in the Eastern Tradition 55

5 The Reception of Athanasius in the Western Tradition 73

6 Contra and Pro Athanasius: Isaac Newton and John Henry Newman 87

7 Contemporary Readings of Athanasius 105

Bibliography 123

Index of Names 129

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