By Rowan Williams
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 really a committed theological conservative whose challenge was once to guard the loose and private personality of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an try and unite conventional biblical language with radical philosophical principles and strategies 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 in regards to the doctrine of God but in addition in regards to the relatives among emperors, bishops, and "charismatic" lecturers within the church's decision-making. during his dialogue, Williams increases the very important wider questions of the way heresy is outlined and the way convinced forms of traditionalism rework themselves into heresy.
Augmented with a brand new appendix during which Williams interacts with major scholarship due to the fact 1987, this ebook presents interesting examining for someone drawn to church background and the advance of Christian doctrine.
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