Athanasius: The Coherence of his Thought (Routledge Early by Khaled Anatolios

By Khaled Anatolios

During this quantity, Khaled Anatolios provides a entire learn of Saint Athanasius, probably the most influential figures within the improvement of Christian doctrine. He analyzes the coherence of Athanasius' theology via pertaining to a few of the features of his doctrine - God, construction, theological anthropology, Christology and redemption, and the lifetime of grace - to a pervasive emphasis at the radical contrast, and simultaneous relation, among God and global. Athanasius: The Coherence of his suggestion presents a scientific account of the general internal common sense of the Athanasian imaginative and prescient. It exhibits how many of the points of his doctrine are together similar and in so doing elucidates the complexities either one of Athanasian proposal and Christian doctrine often.

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This has the effect , first of all , of reinforcing his gene ral characterization of che state of creatureliness as one of deficiency - most radically as a lack of being. It also underlines the continuity in God·s arcicude to humanity. ' original creation of humanity, with the intention of once again emphasizing rhe fundamemal consistency between crC'acion and . IncarnaClon. 1svoc;;),M and chis g race is funher articulated as leading to Out being made in God's image, x:o:ta nlv £(l1,)"[O\) d KOVCl £"ltOillO"EV ClUTO\><;.

Arhanasius·s anthropology is thus one in which the whole Structure of the human being is conceived as properly ordained tOward God. Moreover, since the condition of rhe human being seems centrally determined by the orientation of the voUs, and since the voue; itself is characterized as the primary locus of the encounter with God, we can speak of the relation with God as constitutive of the human person in Arhanasius's anthropology. To put the maner thus already goes some way to explain the inappropriateness of such a question as whether the image of God resides within the human structure or only in relation to God, a question to which Roldanus devotes some energy.

The implication is that a proper understanding of t he' relation between humanity and God can only be obtained within the concexc of a proper conception of the relation betwecon God and all of creation. As to th~ lau~r, the' crucial point is che sovereignty M of God (Msince God IS not weak ), which is to be upheld against any notion of creacion·s independ~nce from God, even in the guise of unformed mann The strict and tocal dependency of creation on God is thus the primary characterization of their relationship, which is symbolized by che act of God's bringing crC'arion from noching inco being (£~ OUx: ov'twv ...

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