The Catholic Church Ravaged in the Fourth Century
Saint Athanasius lived in the fourth century during the time of what used to be considered the greatest crisis of faith ever to befall the Catholic Church, the Arian Heresy. 1,197 more words
Anyone who wishes to understand the mind of the sacred writers must first cleanse his own life, and approach the saints by copying their deeds. Thus united to them in the fellowship of life, he will both understand the things revealed to them by God and, thenceforth escaping the peril that threatens sinners in the judgment, will receive that which is laid up for the saints in the Kingdom of Heaven. 75 more words
The Letter of St. Athanasius to Epictetus, Bishop of Corinth Circa 370 A.D.
Following the Council at Nicaea in 325, the Fathers of the Church believed that heresy had been defeated by their strong, clear, and effective refutation of the Arians and agreement upon a universal Rule of Faith. 318 more words
It’s not clear in my own mind precisely when I began to make the connection between creatio ex nihilo and the metaphysical revolution initiated by the first two ecumenical councils and the theologians we now identify as the Pro-Nicene Fathers (St Athanasius the Apostolic, St Hilary of Poitiers, St Basil the Great, St Gregory the Theologian, St Gregory of Nyssa); but I’m confident it goes back to the late 70s and early 80s when I immersed myself in the Trinitarian theology of… 3,346 more words
This book is a fine piece of introduction and analysis of what may, rather then ‘mystical’, more precisely be considered the contemplative strand of Christianity as it took on and then adapted (or at times rejected) the Platonic inheritance. 411 more words
I write about the same themes over and over again; someone even griped about that about me on FaceBook (I don’t think he thought I could see his gripe). 1,491 more words