It’s a statement that many know by heart, reciting it regularly, in some cases weekly, in church services. The Nicene Creed maintains a pervasive presence in contemporary Christian teaching and has shaped Christian theology for almost 1,700 years. And we owe the survival of its orthodox views, at least in part, to a controversial Egyptian deacon-turned-bishop.Read More
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Athanasius goes into hiding after escaping five thousand soldiers who burst into his church.Authority for the date:
Hough, Lynn Harold. Athanasius, the Hero. Cincinnati: Graham and Jennings, 1906.
Implications of Christ becoming a man.
WHAT WAS GOD TO DO in face of the dehumanizing of humankind, this universal hiding of the knowledge of himself by the wiles of evil spirits? What else could he possibly do but renew his image in humankind, so that through it people might once more come to know him? And how could this be done save by the coming of the very image himself, our Savior Jesus Christ? Human beings could not have done it, for they are only made after the image; nor could angels have done it, for they are not the images of God. The Word of God came in his own person,...Read More
“SINCE YOU KNOW MY WILL, grant free admission to all those who wish to enter the church. For if I hear that you have hindered anyone from becoming a member, or have debarred anyone from entrance, I shall immediately send someone to have you deposed at my behest and have you sent into exile.”
These are the words of Emperor Constantine the Great, written c. 328 to Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria. Athanasius had not followed Constantine’s growing interest in ecumenism. Instead, he had insisted upon excluding from the church anyone who did not...Read More
A MODERN BIOGRAPHER of Athanasius of Alexandria speaks of “the predominantly polemical nature of most of his dogmatic works” and “the lack of serenity in his argumentation.” Understandably so! In all of Christian history, it is safe to say, few churchmen have been so entirely embroiled in doctrinal and ecclesiastical disputes as Athanasius. In one comparison with him, one ventures that even so controversial a figure as Martin Luther lived out a relatively quiet and uneventful life.
Born into a Christian Family in Alexandria in 295,...Read More
NEWS OF ANTONY OF EGYPT, especially his sacrificial solitude, spread widely long before he died. At Rome, Marcella, a wealthy noblewoman already widowed at age 17, heard about him around 340, and in response, turned her mansion into an ascetic community devoted to prayer and Bible study. Other Roman matrons followed her pioneering example.
But when Athanasius, who had been one of those who told Marcella about Antony, put Antony’s story down in writing, Antony’s influence became greater still. As Athanasius told his readers at the beginning...Read More
2000 years of church history and millions of Christian books. More than 70 <em>Christian History</em> scholars have picked the 25 best, to be explored in our next issue of <em>Christian History</em> magazine!Read More