Routledge – 2004 – 304 pages
Series: The Early Church Fathers
This book presents the fundamental elements of Athanasius' response to the central questions of the identity of Jesus and the nature of his relationship with God.
Providing a useful introduction on his life and work, the book focuses on the tumultuous doctrinal controversies of the day in which he was a central figure.
Key selections from his writings, newly translated, have all been chosen with a view to presenting the rationale for Athanasius' fundamental theological positions: the divinity and humanity of Christ, human redemption, the divinity and work of the Holy Spirit, the logic of Christian worship, and the scriptural basis for the doctrinal formulations of the Council of Nicaea.
Students of history and classical studies, and even students of religious studies will find this an essential part of their course reading.
'Especially impressive in Anatolios's work is his explanation of the Athanasian perspective on sin as 'de-creation' and of the importance of stability in Athanasian soteriology … worthwhile and recommended.' – Reviews in Religion and Theology
'A worthwhile addition. Those who know nothing about Anthanasius … will find a reliable guide to his life and thought. The expert too might profit from Dr Anatolios' balanced and sympathetic presentation of the theology. Both will value the well-chosen and extensive extracts … Dr Anatalios brings a generally pleasing new style of appreciation to his subject.' – Theology
Khaled Anatolios is Associate Professor of Historical Theology, at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, in Cambridge, MA. He is the author of Athanasius. The Coherence of his Thought (Routledge1998).