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Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius (Peter Widdicombe) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780199242481
Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius (Peter Widdicombe) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780199242481
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Title: The Fatherhood of God from Origen to Athanasius

Author: Widdicombe, Peter

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2001

Paperback; ISBN: 9780199242481

Volumes: 1; Pages: 316

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The fatherhood of God has had a central, if increasingly controversial, place in Christian thinking about God. Yet although Christians referred to God as Father from the earliest days of the faith, it was not until Athanasius in the fourth century that the idea of God as Father became a topic of sustained analysis. Looking at the genesis of Athanasius' understanding of divine fatherhood against the background of Alexandrian tradition, Widdicombe demonstrates how the concept came to occupy such a prominent place in Christian theology.Reviews"[A] very readable work. ... Widdicombe's thoroughness gives the book a synthetic dimension that some other treatments of Origen and Athanasius lack: the reader has a clear sense of both Origen's and Athansius' theologies of God over-all, and how the specific doctrine of the fatherhood of God figures in each of those theologies. ...[A] work of first-class scholarship."--Theological Studies"The author must be thanked for his clarity of style and his determination not to 'wear his learning heavily'. ... The work is well crafted, accurate and useful at the right level of study."--Regent's Review"A technical but eminently lucid investigation. ... This book should be required reading for those who seek to dismiss traditional Christian language about God as Father and Son without first understanding what its classic formulations meant to those who articulated them."--Religious Studies Review"I would highly recommend this book."--Pro Ecclesia"Subtly, this is a very good book. It is a good book because of its clear, sure-handed scholarship."--Church History
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