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Select Works of St. Athanasius (4 vols.)

by Athanasius of Alexandria

John Henry Parker, James Parker & Co. 1842–1881

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Overview

St. Athanasius is one of the church’s greatest theologians and apologists. The Select Works of St. Athanasius collection presents two of Athanasius’ most important apologetic works, a series of pastoral letters written on a year-by-year cycle for the Easter season, and a host of personal letters and theological essays written near the end of his life. Whether you are a theologian examining Athanasian texts or a historian looking for links between Athanasius’ remarkable life and his penetrating thought, this collection has plenty to keep you interested.

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Key Features

  • Features Athanasius’ historic treatise refuting Arianism and defending the Nicene Creed
  • Sets Athanasius’ life and thought in its ministerial context while providing some of his most important pastoral texts
  • Provides key theological texts that further develop Athanasius’ ideas while showing his thought’s long—term consistency

Individual Titles

Select Treatises in controversy with the Arians, Part 1

  • Author: Athanasius of Alexandria
  • Editor: J. H. Newman
  • Series: Library of the Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church
  • Publisher: John Henry Parker
  • Publication Date: 1842
  • Pages: 280

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Arians were arguably Christianity’s most dangerous heretical sect. Rejecting the Nicene Creed, the ebb of Arianism gained sufficient momentum to gain both popular support and political favor over their orthodox counterparts. Athanasius was the champion of those faithful to Nicaea, and his treatises against the Arians provided the orthodox movement with intellectual backbone it needed to defend its beliefs. In part 1, Athanasius defends the Nicene Creed phrase by phrase while also addressing particular terms’ usage in the Creed and refuting the usage of specific Scripture brought against the Creed by Arians. The intellectual arguments are intensely engaging and Athanasius’ points so compelling that it’s easy to see why his work, almost single-handedly preserved orthodoxy in the post—Nicene era.

Select Treatises in controversy with the Arians, Part 2

  • Author: Athanasius of Alexandria
  • Editor: J. H. Newman
  • Series: Library of the Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church
  • Publisher: John Henry Parker
  • Publication Date: 1842
  • Pages: 596

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The second part of Athanasius’ arguments against the heresies is as intellectually engaging and compelling as the first. In this volume, he confronts the Arians by examining their conduct before the Nicene Council while substantiating the authority of that Council in Church tradition. He then examines the historical origins of Arianism, notes its marginalization from the apostolic church, and analyzes the movement’s rejection at Nicaea. Athanasius also spends a great deal of time on matters concerning the Trinity and Christology. He defends Christ’s divinity, Nicaea’s formula for expressing Christ’s relationship to the Father, and shows how Arian thinking departs from the scriptural witness.

The Festal Epistles

  • Author: Athanasius of Alexandria
  • Translator: Henry Burgess
  • Series: Library of the Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church
  • Publisher: John Henry Parker
  • Publication Date: 1854
  • Pages: 163

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Festal Epistles is a collection of formal pastoral letters written on a year—by—year basis that commemorate the Easter season. These letters, traditionally sent by the Bishop of Alexandria, are known to modern scholars from multiple ancient sources and appear in the historical record as early as AD 247. Athanasius began writing these homily-style letters in AD 329, and continued to compose them until AD 373. In all, Athanasius composed 44 letters, and each bears the marks of his remarkable intellect and his stalwart Nicene faith. A rich avenue for studying his life and ministry, Athanasius’ penned his letters during times of peace, intense theological debate, and multiple exiles, but each was intended for the edification of the Alexandrian church.

Later Treatises of St. Athanasius

  • Author: Athanasius of Alexandria
  • Translator: William Bright
  • Series: Library of the Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church
  • Publisher: John Parker and Co.
  • Publication Date: 1881
  • Pages: 237

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Addressing a variety of ecclesiastical, theological, and pastoral issues, Athanasius’ Later Treatises provides readers with a larger window into Athanasius’ life, thought, and ministry. Here we see the great Christian endeavoring to make peace with former adversaries, instructing his parishioners in the faith, and standing as strong as ever in Nicene orthodoxy. Unlike his theologically motivated works, many of the treatises contained in this volume help readers see Athanasius in more human terms, conversing and discussing, rather than engaging in polemics and debating. Nonetheless, Athanasius’ peerless character and towering intellect continue to define his writings.

Product Details

  • Title: Select Works of St. Athanasius
  • Author: Athanasius of Alexandria
  • Translators: J. H. Newman, Henry Burgess, and William Bright
  • Series: Library of the Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church
  • Publisher: John Henry Parker
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,276

About the St. Athanasius of Alexandria

St. Athanasius (ca. AD 296–373) was the twentieth bishop of Alexandria. Also known as Athanasius the Great, he is considered an elite Christian theologian. Author of two of Christianity’s most celebrated classics, On the Incarnation and The Life of St. Antony, Athanasius a leading proponent of Nicene orthodoxy, and a noted leader of the Egyptian church in the fourth century. Highly regarded by all Christian traditions, he is commonly referred to as the “Father of Orthodoxy” or the “Father of the Canon.” His influence is defined by his defense of the Nicene Creed and his conflict with Arianism—a theological conflict which sent him into exile multiple times, and which he spent the majority of his life fighting.