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Arius: Heresy and Tradition (Rowan Williams) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2002) 9780802849694
Arius: Heresy and Tradition (Rowan Williams) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2002) 9780802849694
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Title: Arius: Heresy and Tradition

Author: Williams, Rowan

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2002

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802849694

Edition: Revised Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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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 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.CONTENTSPrefacePreface to the Second EditionIntroduction: Images of a HeresyPart I Arius and the Nicene Crisis1. Arius before Arianism1. Origins2. The Troubles of the Alexandrian Church I: The Melitian Schism3. The Troubles of the Alexandrian Church II: Bishops and Presbyters2. The Nicene Crisis: Documents and Dating1. The Controversy to 3252. The Thalia3. Nicaea and After3. ConclusionPart II Arius and Theology1. The Theology of Arius2. Alexandria and the Legacy of Origin1. Philo2. Clement3. Origen4. Alexandria after Origen3. Theology Outside Egypt1. Antioch2. Methodius and Eusebius4. ConclusionPart III Arius and Philosophy1. Creation and Beginning2. Intellect and Beyond3. Analogy and Participation4. ConclusionPostscript (Theological)Appendix 1: Arius since 1987Appendix 2: Credal DocumentsNotesAbbreviationsBibliographyIndex of Names
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