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The Spirituality of Athanasius: A Key for Proper Understanding of this Important Church Father (Europäische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Européennes)

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ISBN 10: 390676799X / ISBN 13: 9783906767994
Published by Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2001
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Title: The Spirituality of Athanasius: A Key for ...

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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This book presents a thorough study of the life and thought of St Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria (AD 328-373). In recent decades Athanasian studies have enjoyed a revival among scholars. Some praise him; others denounce him: opinions are very often diverse and a confused situation has developed. This book addresses the problem by means of a new key-spirituality.
This study argues that, because of the partial nature of our extant historical sources, it is almost impossible to reconstruct a true picture of Athanasius using the traditional methodology without making subjective presuppositions. To obtain a balanced judgement, it is necessary to examine the saint simultaneously from different viewpoints – his cultural background, theological convictions, ascetic teachings, and personal behaviour. By doing so, the author tries to show that the spirituality expressed in his writings is an important key to a proper understanding of Athanasius. It helps to explain his life and his behaviour in the Arian controversy.

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The Author: Nathan K. K. Ng holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh and is currently Assistant Professor of Christian Thought (Church History) at Hong Kong Baptist Theological Seminary.

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