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Arius is extensively thought of to be Rowan Williams's magnum opus. lengthy out of print and not prior to to be had in paperback, it's been newly revised. This increased and up-to-date variation marks a big publishing occasion. Arianism has been referred to as the "archetypal Christian heresy" since it denies the divinity of Christ. In his masterly exam of Arianism, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself used to be truly a devoted theological conservative whose quandary used to be to shield the unfastened and private personality of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an try and unite conventional biblical language with radical philosophical rules and methods and was once, from the beginning, concerned with problems with authority within the church. hence, the difficulty of the early fourth century was once not just concerning the doctrine of God but additionally in regards to the family among emperors, bishops, and "charismatic" lecturers within the church's decision-making. during his dialogue, Williams increases the very important wider questions of ways heresy is outlined and the way yes varieties of traditionalism rework themselves into heresy. Augmented with a brand new appendix within which Williams interacts with major scholarship because 1987, this booklet presents attention-grabbing studying for somebody attracted to church historical past and the advance of Christian doctrine.

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Hardly greater than the fact that Arius (the heretic) had an associate of the same name. 79 But for Sabinus, the identification must have seemed irresistibly obvious: and at a time when Arians and Melitians were allies, the picture of an Arius supporting Melitius against Peter would serve a useful politica1 purpose. this story, rerognizing that, as Sabinus tells it, it is a rather double·edged weapon; the less intelligent Sczomen seizes upon it to discredit Arius. The rather confused tradition of Peter's excommunication of Arius then finds its way into the Greek pasJio; and, finally, the author of the Latin version makes an impressive attempt to reronstruct a full narrative.

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