Augustine and St. John Chrysostom. Augustine is one of the most influential and important Christian thinkers of all time. In addition to reprinting his most popular two works--the Confessions and the City of God--these volumes also contain other noteworthy and important works of St. John Chrysostom was an eloquent speaker and well-loved Christian clergyman. John took a more literal interpretation of Scripture, and much of his work focused on practical aspects of Christianity, particularly what is now called social justice.
He advocated for the poor, and challenged abuses of authority. This particular volume contains Augustine's writings against the Donatists and Manichaeism--a form of Gnosticism. The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers is comprehensive in scope, and provide keen translations of instructive and illuminating texts from some of the greatest theologians of the Christian church.
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Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. While probably not well known by many Christians, St. Athanasius is probably the single most influential Christian theologian and thinker who contested the Arian heresy. Had he not done so, it is quite likely that Christianity today would look much different than it does.
Arianism was a slow creep back to the polytheism that Christianity was superseding, and St. Athanasius recognized it as such, combatting it doggedly in a series of books, dissertations, and letters contained in this book. To be honest, much of it is a plod to get through. This, along with long run on sentences and paragraphs running on more than half a page, make this a difficult book to get through.
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However, if you are trying to reach the source code for present day Christian doctrine, then this may be of value to you. Of all St. Anthony, through ascetism, prayer, fasting, study, and meditation, emerges as an ordinary man who is transformed by complete submission to God and total abnegation into a sort of Christian Jedi master —- total in tune with a higher spiritual power and holiness that give him the ability to do amazing service and feats in the furtherance of the Kingdom of God.
Athanasius was a bulldog when it came to Jesus, utterly refusing to let go of Christ's divinity. His was a life spent in struggle and exile that yielded great treasure for the church. Very handy compilation of select Works and letters of Athanasius the Great. Robertson decided to organize the material in a generally chronology way, which is quite helpful inasmuch as one agreed with him on the chronology.
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At times the chronological settings led him to separate documents that were appended with some works. My main gripe against this volume was the setting of the text itself. The very small fonts and the columns made for a very slow reading. It is time for a new edition. This is a collection of, pretty much all, the works and letters of Athanasius, the great theologian and defender of the Trinity in the early church.
Confession: I did not read the entire book word for word. I read a few treatises closely while skimming others. Perhaps I should review the specific treatises individually Each of these is five star, must reads for anyone interested in th This is a collection of, pretty much all, the works and letters of Athanasius, the great theologian and defender of the Trinity in the early church.
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Each of these is five star, must reads for anyone interested in the history and theology of Christianity. On the Incarnation is a clearly written explaining of God becoming human in the person of Jesus Christ.
The Life of Antony tells the exciting story of Antony, one of the first monks. Most of the treatises deal with the Arian controversy. The most important treatise here is Against the Arians, a very long work that point-by-point refutes the Arian heresy with scripture. It gives a good glimpse of how the early church interpreted scripture. The letters are also pretty cool, as they shed light on the more pastoral, less academic, side of Athanasius. Every Christian who wants to be informed about Christology ought to read this monumental compilation.
The health of our theology would improved just by making reference, sermons, and adding to our teaching what he wrote about the Divinity of Jesus Christ including the exaltation of mankind because of His incarnation and ascension. I come once again to those books where I am not nearly qualified to review nor spend enough time in detailed reading to review. These free PDFs available online and are excellent resources for those interested in the church fathers and definitely an excellent resource for those studying anything to do with the period.
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Sort order. Oct 10, Tom rated it really liked it Shelves: theology , apologetics. While the Donatist controversy is little known today, it was a turning point in church history and it affects our view of the sacraments. Almost sentence by sentence, Augustine breaks down the arguments of the Donatists and refutes them handily.
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As is often the case with Augustine however, his view of baptism is also worthy of correction, though he is correct in his overall corrections of the Donatists. They arguments for get a bit tedious and redundant, but it is still readable and worthwhile. Michele Davis rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Ollitapio Pursiainen rated it really liked it Mar 25,