By Rowan Williams
Arianism has been known 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 committed theological conservative whose quandary used to be to guard the unfastened and private personality of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an try and unite conventional biblical language with radical philosophical principles and methods and was once, from the beginning, concerned with problems with authority within the church. hence, the trouble of the early fourth century used to be not just concerning the doctrine of God but in addition in regards to the kin among emperors, bishops, and "charismatic" academics within the church's decision-making. during his dialogue, Williams increases the important wider questions of the way heresy is outlined and the way sure sorts of traditionalism remodel themselves into heresy.
Augmented with a brand new appendix within which Williams interacts with major scholarship given that 1987, this booklet offers interesting examining for somebody drawn to church historical past and the advance of Christian doctrine.
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