The Spirituality of Athanasius: A Key for Proper Understanding of this Important Church Father (Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes)
eBook Title: The Spirituality of Athanasius: A Key for Proper Understanding of this Important Church Father (Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes)
Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften (November 22, 2001)
Size ePub vers.: 1563 kb
Size PDF vers.: 1895 kb
Other formats: cb7, odf, pdf, azw, ibooks, mobi
Pages: 392 pages
- 1895 downloads at 25 mb/s
This book presents a thorough study of the life and thought of St Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria (AD 328-373). In recent decades Athanasian studies have enjoyed a revival among scholars. Some praise him; others denounce him: opinions are very often diverse and a confused situation has developed. This book addresses the problem by means of a new key-spirituality.
This study argues that, because of the partial nature of our extant historical sources, it is almost impossible to reconstruct a true picture of Athanasius using the traditional methodology without making subjective presuppositions. To obtain a balanced judgement, it is necessary to examine the saint simultaneously from different viewpoints – his cultural background, theological convictions, ascetic teachings, and personal behaviour. By doing so, the author tries to show that the spirituality expressed in his writings is an important key to a proper understanding of Athanasius. It helps to explain his life and his behaviour in the Arian controversy.