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By Khaled Anatolios

ISBN-10: 0415186374

ISBN-13: 9780415186377

During this quantity, Khaled Anatolios provides a accomplished learn of Saint Athanasius, essentially the most influential figures within the improvement of Christian doctrine. He analyzes the coherence of Athanasius' theology through referring to some of the facets of his doctrine - God, production, theological anthropology, Christology and redemption, and the lifetime of grace - to a pervasive emphasis at the radical contrast, and simultaneous relation, among God and international. Athanasius: The Coherence of his suggestion offers a scientific account of the general internal common sense of the Athanasian imaginative and prescient. It exhibits how many of the facets of his doctrine are jointly comparable and in so doing elucidates the complexities either one of Athanasian idea and Christian doctrine usually.

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Athanasius·s presentation of the incarnation as consistent with divine immanence implicitly pervades the whole treatise and determines its entire structure. f is by showing how all of creation is radically and absolutely dependent on God·s sustaining involvement in the world, and how humanity has willfully withdrawn from this salutary dependence. This theme bewmes fully explicit in the conclusion of the first part of che trearise, which effeCts the cransition ro the theme of the incarnation of the \\'ord : claim that the Word was manifested in the body?

In particular, sections 35- 9 of the COJltra Grow are inundated with Stoic influence. Beginning with CG 40, however, Athanasius seems to consciously embark on a ctiticism of and a corrective to Stoic doctrine. This shift is significant for our general theme of the relation between God and creation. The StOics are useful for Athanasius, as they wae for other early Christian writers, insofar as they provided a vocabulary and cerrain conceptual tools for articulating notions of divine providence, omnipresence, and imimate invoh-ement in the world - in a word, immanence.

6). It would be a mistake to conclude, therefore, that ail which is to be transcended - the body, the senses, and, ulti mately, the world - is bad. Rather, ail is good and used well so long as it is within that dynamic of self-transcendence. The body, then, seems to represem for Athanasius what most immediately belongs to humanity, as its own, and thus what is primarily to be transcended. The soul is not conceived in the same way - as that wh ich is to be transcended - not because it is namrally superior to the bod" or more ··divine,'· but simply because the soul is supposed to be the organ which actually effects this self-transcendence.

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