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Defining God - Print

Defining God - Print

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Defining God: Athanasius, Nicaea and the Trinitarian Controversy of the Fourth Century.

By Patrick Whitworth.

Soft cover
ISBN 9781789592672.
Sacristy Press (2023).

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A vivid account of the fourth-century controversy surrounding the divine status of Christ and the Holy Spirit: its protagonists, imperial power, theological twists and turns, and the many creeds and councils of this period.

Defining God tells the story of that controversy: its main protagonists, the involvement of imperial power from Constantine and his successors, its history and theological twists and turns, and the many creeds and councils of this period, including the Nicene Creed which many Christians say week by week.

“A bitter struggle took place in the fourth century to maintain that the Son and the Holy Spirit were of the same substance as the Father and equally co-eternal and con-substantial.

What the Church might take for granted today involved a century of struggle involving councils, creeds, emperors, and church leaders. If you wish to understand both the issues at stake and the cross currents of this controversy, you could not do better than start with this faithful and vivid account of its theology and history, deftly woven together.” The Most Reverend Dr Mouneer H. Anis Archbishop Emeritus of the Anglican Province of Alexandria
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