Athanasius: Select Works and Letters Four Discourses Against the Arians. Reason for writing; certain persons indifferent about Arianism; Arians not .. These Orations and Discourses seem written to shew the vital importance of the. Looking for an examination copy? If you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please. The Orations of St Athanasius Against the Arians: According to the Benedictine Text (Cambridge Library Collection – Religion) (English and Ancient Greek.

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Cyril of Jerusalem’s language on the Atonement, in Catech. Maximin, the bishop 6an orthodox prelate, became his fast friend ; againnst Athanasius was present when the services aginst great festivals were held in a large basilica before its completion and dedication 7. One of these was sent to Basil, who had just become exarch, or archbishop, of Csesarea in Cap- padocia, and had received, perhaps at that time, from Athana- sius 2a formal notification of the proceedings of the Council of s.

The charge did not come gracefully 1 Ath. Letters of sympathy and congratulation flowed in from friends of Atha- nasius.

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How did you escape, save by some guilty compromise 8? The name, a household word through Christendom, — the story, in its merest outline so im- pressive, — the character, which compelled even Gibbon 2 to acknowledge its majesty, — these are elements of unique, un- failing interest, independently of the attractiveness which all adherents of a great religion must find in the record of such great things done for its cause.

He calls him the foremost person literally, the summit of the whole Church, who, not content with caring for his own immediate athhanasius, was incessantly and actively interesting himself, by discourses, admonitions, letters, mes- sages, in the welfare of all the Churches 2.

If, in short, as he believes to be the case, they own the Sonship to be atthanasius, not adoptive, let them give up ‘ fighting with shadows 6 ,’ and adopt the Nicene Creed as a refuge from endless vari- ations 7 and a symbol of authentic Christianity. Athanasius against the Atjanasius ‘ are here reprinted from the Benedictine text, in a form which, it is hoped, will prove convenient to students of athanasiius. As he thus changed his places of abode, a veil of mystery was drawn over his life ; and the interest was heightened by the romantic incidents naturally following from the govern- ment’s attempts to track and seize him 2.

Tragical as were these tidings, Atha- nasius still clung to his purpose of presenting himself before Constantius, until he learned that one imperial letter had de- nounced him as a fugitive criminal who richly merited death, and another 3 had exhorted the two Ethiopian sovereigns to Perhaps the Fragmentist, knowing that George came in a Lent and in Easter was Apr.

But Julian’s implied orders were not forgotten ; some govern- ment agents pursued his vessel. In most of these places he uses it as equivalent to ‘ousia’ or essence. Five Alexandrian clergy were banished into Armenia. For what have they discovered in this heresy like to the religious Faith, that they vainly talk as if its supporters said no evil?


Those sharp Alexandrian mockeries which had not spared even kings and emperors were levelled ceaselessly at a religion which affirmed an Incarnation and gloried in a Cross 1and whose votaries had lately been hurried in masses to a death of ignominy and torture.

Written Between And But ye not only by Catholics but also by heretics, those who agree with you and those who disagree, are called Pelagians; as even by heresies are Arians called Arians. It is capable of several senses ; taken in one, it implies proper Arianism; taken in another, it simply contrasts God with His works, and does not set Him forth as Father.

Dionysius of Rome, ap. Yet Antiochene influence must be admitted, for Arius had studied under Lucian, Theod. If we may combine his statement with Sozomen’s who, however, places these events in a subsequent yearwe should suppose that the prsefect was but biding his time ; and on the night of Oct.

This was necessary, if it was ever to be actually presented ; and he may have forced himself, even at this time, to hope that Constantius might amend his conduct. Dionysius does not expressly say, ‘ I was refer- ring to the Manhood. He was respected for his ascetic life, and admired for his eloquent preaching and aians ability; while his influence was enhanced by a grave demeanour and a voice full of persuasive charm 4. If this was really 1 See Kefele, b. Frumentius acted as regent of the kingdom, and used his powers to provide places of worship for Christian residents, and to familiarize the natives with Christian ideas.

He now desired Athanasius to meet him at Milan. The one Word of God contrasted with other ‘words. It was probably after the third exile that Epiphanius, on asking Athanasius what he thought about Marcellus, inferred from a significant smile that he considered him to be ‘ not far from heresy,’ but to have ‘ made a defence for himself.

In truth, that crafty one did not escape detection; but, for all his many writhings to and fro, like the serpent, he did but fall into the error of the Pharisees. He dwells repeatedly on the parable of the Talents, reminds Dracontius of solemn obligations, blames his reliance on bad advisers, quotes cases of monks who have become bishops, and warns him against zgainst the monastic life to be the one sphere of Christian self-denial l.

The Sonship necessarily mysterious.

Four Orations Against the Arians

The case was peculiar 3: Their community, it seems, like others which soon became offshoots from it, was divided into a number atainst ‘families,’ each occu- pying one house, and discharging in rotation the common duties and labours, although specially employed in some one occupa- 1 See Ath. The former charges were revived and amplified; Is- chyras protested that when his ‘ church ‘ was attacked, its sacred books were burned 2.


On this ‘oratorical pamphlet,’ as Fialon calls it St. Basil, who had troubles of all kinds weighing upon his spirit, sought aid in regard to one of them — the unhappy schism of Antioch — from ‘ the keen insight, the practical energy, the evangelical sympathy,’ of the widely venerated man who must be supposed to feel with special acuteness the contrast between former peace and present confusion 5.

And compare the Index foron the virgin Eudsemonis, tortured by the prsefect when he searched for Athanasius athaansius a small aruans, with Palladius’ famous story Vit.

As on a former occasion, he deemed it his duty to accept an opportunity of escape, especi- ally when the sacrifice of his life would have been ruinous to the cause of the Church in Egypt 3 ; and he therefore repaired to a place of concealment in the country, ‘ hiding himself,’ as the Arian History 4 employs the ortions words, ‘ for a little moment, athanasisu the indignation should be overpast’ On leaving Alexandria, Athanasius at oratipns thought of appeal- ing in person to Constantius, who could not, he tried to hope, have sanctioned the late outrage.

Still, it is likely enough that bishop Aarians had discerned in the boy some promise of a high vocation, and had exhorted his parents to watch over it ; and it is certain that Alexander did become his kind and fatherly patron, took him into his house, and employed him as a secretary. Some of the people in the nave had already departed, others were trampled down or mortally injured ; others cried to the archbishop to escape.

The Cross — Athanasius argues — was indispensable, as the truest enhancement of Christ’s glory ; and His resurrection could alone agaimst for the moral triumphs of His religion. This Thursday is reckoned as Mechir 1 3, and 6 Id. Kaye on the Council of Nicjea, p.

Again, it had been applied to individual members of one class 1 ; viewed in this aspect, it might seriously compromise the strict Mo- notheism which lay at the root of Christianity.

Alexandrian Protest, ad fin.

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On Athanasius’s profound reverence for Scripture see de Deer. Still it was going rather far to talk of Con- stantius’ ‘well-known benignity’ c. Whenever Athanasius looked away, so to speak, from his writing, to watch the course of Church affairs, he must have needed all his hopeful patience. There are doubtless arguments which a modern writer would scarcely adopt e. The Catholic doctrine stated. The Council, supported by Constans, en- deavoured to move Constantius by sending to him two dele- gates, Vincent, bishop of Capua, and Euphrates of Cologne 4.

For, in the spring ofhe would hear of the success of Constantius in terrorizing the great majority of a large Council at Milan, which had been summoned at the urgent desire of Liberius.