By David M. Gwynn
Athanasius of Alexandria (c.295-373) is likely one of the maximum and so much debatable figures of early Christian background. His lifestyles spanned the interval of basic switch for the Roman Empire and the Christian Church that the conversion of Constantine the good, the 1st Christian Roman emperor. A bishop and theologian, an ascetic and a pastoral father, Athanasius performed a imperative position in shaping Christianity in those an important adolescence. As bishop of Alexandria (328-73) he fought to unite the divided Egyptian Church and encouraged admiration and competition alike from fellow bishops and the emperor Constantine and his successors. Athanasius attended the 1st ecumenical Council of Nicaea summoned through Constantine in 325 and as a theologian will be remembered because the defender of the unique Nicene Creed opposed to the 'Arian' heresy. He was once additionally a champion of the ascetic circulate that remodeled Christianity, a buyer of clergymen and virgins and the writer of various ascetic works together with the recognized Life of Antony. these kinds of parts performed their half in Athanasius' vocation as a pastoral father, answerable for the actual and religious well being of his congregations. This publication deals the 1st learn in English to attract jointly those various but inseparable roles that outlined Athanasius' existence and the impression that he exerted on next Christian culture. The presentation is on the market to either experts and non-specialists and is illuminated all through through vast citation from Athanasius' many writings, for it truly is via his personal phrases that we may possibly most sensible procedure this striking man.