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The Soteriological Significance of Christ’s Humanity in Saint Athanasius

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“But the Word is said to be and is alone from the Father because he is not a creature”

The council wished to banish the impious phrases of the Arians and to inscribe the words confessed by the Scriptures: that the Son is not from non-being but from God; that he is Word and Wisdom, neither creature nor something … Continue reading

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Thinking Trinity: No God Behind the Back of Jesus

What if the Nicene assertion of Christ’s Jesus’ consubstantial unity with the Father is not true? In the previous article I focused on the story of the paralytic and Christ’s word of forgiveness and argued that if Christ is not … Continue reading

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Thinking Trinity: The Radical Homoousion

When in A.D. 325 the bishops of the Council of Nicaea declared that Jesus Christ is begotten “from the substance of the Father” and “of one substance” with him, they probably did not foresee the momentous dogmatic consequences of their … Continue reading

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St Athanasius: The Body of God

“Inasmuch as he is the Word and Son of the Father, he took to himself a body that was capable of death” (Inc. 9). “Therefore, it was fitting that he took a mortal body” (Inc. 13). “The Savior of all … Continue reading

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St Athanasius: The Incarnation as Revelation

If the knowledge of God was to be restored and the human race saved, it was necessary that the eternal Word and Image of the Father assume a human body. Only the radical solution of the incarnation could have achieved … Continue reading

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St Athanasius: The Life of Man is the Knowledge of the Father

Created from out of nothing, man is, by nature, incapable of apprehending the transcendent Creator; yet because he is also created in the image of the divine Image, he is given the possibility and privilege, by grace, of knowing God. … Continue reading

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