Category Archives: Athanasius

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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St Athanasius: The Death of Death in the Death of God

“For the Word, realizing that in no other way would the corruption of human beings be undone except, simply, by dying …” (Inc. 9). St Athanasius the Great knows this to be true, not through philosophical reflection or even biblical … Continue reading

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St Athanasius: Substitutionary Atonement and the Dilemma of Death

“For Athanasius,” writes Khaled Anatolios, “the history of humanity since the fall of Adam is the story of an accumulating momentum of decline which was bound to lead to humanity’s utter destruction. Because sin inverts the divinely ordained anthropological dialectic … Continue reading

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St Athanasius: The Surd of Sin and the Expulsion from Paradise

The creatio ex nihilo is inconceivable. We cannot think nothing. We cannot conceptualize nothing. We cannot imagine nothing. Nothing is neither a something nor the emptiness between somethings. Nothing is not the “stuff” from which God has made the world. … Continue reading

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