Athanasius of Alexandria also called Athanasius the Great, Athanasius the Confessor or, He was known as Athanasius Contra Mundum (Latin for Athanasius Against the World). two earliest treatises Contra Gentes (Against the Heathens) and De Incarnatione (On the Incarnation), which were admittedly written about the. LibriVox recording of Contra Gentes, by Athanasius of Alexandria. Read by Jonathan Lange. Contra Gentes is the first of a two volume work. ATHANASIUS: CONTRA GENTES. TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY CONTENTS OF THE ‘CONTRA GENTES’ Introduction (1). I. The origin of evil: man’s.

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In this they make a double mistake: In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote Wikisource. It is necessary then, for the sake of the simple, to show briefly that each one of mankind has a souland that soul rational; especially as certain of the sectaries deny this also, thinking that man is nothing more than the visible form of the body.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: For as to the four elements of which the nature of bodies is composed, heat, that is, and cold, wet and dry, who is so perverted in his athanasiux as not to know that these things exist indeed in combination, but if separated and taken alone they tend to destroy even one another according to the prevailing power of the more abundant element?

For one that is good can grudge nothing: John Henry Newman described him as a “principal instrument, after the Apostles, by which the sacred truths of Christianity have been conveyed and secured to the world”.

And hail ofttimes injures the fruits of the earth, while fire is put out if an overflow of water take place. The Indians worship Dionysus, using the name as a symbol for wine, and others pour out wine as an offering to the other gods.

These include the so-called Athanasian creed which is today generally seen as being of 5th-century Galician originand a complete Expositions on the Psalms PG For if even when united and coupled with the body it is not shut in or commensurate with the small dimensions of the body, but oftenwhen the body lies in bed, not moving, but in death-like sleep, the soul keeps awake by virtue of its own power, and transcends the natural power of the body, and as though travelling away from the body while remaining in it, imagines and beholds things above the earth, and often even holds converse with the saints and angels who are above earthly and bodily existenceand approaches them in the confidence of the purity of its intelligence; shall it not all the more, when separated from the body at the time appointed by God Who coupled them together, have its knowledge of immortality more clear?

The Eusebians, seeing they had no chance of having their views carried, retired to Philoppopolis in Thrace, Philippopolis Thraciawhere they held an opposition council, under the presidency of the Patriarch of Antioch, and confirmed the decrees of the Synod of Antioch.

Athanasius is the first person to identify the same 27 books of the New Testament that are in use today. But God possesses true existence and is not composite, wherefore His Word also has true Existence and is not composite, but is the one and only-begotten GodWho proceeds in His goodness from the Father as from a good Fountain, and orders all things and holds them contr.


And again, if what is said of God hold truenamely, athanasiue He is almighty, and that while nothing has power over Him, He genes power and rule over all, how can they who deify creation fail to see that it does not satisfy this definition of God? To clear up the misunderstandings that had arisen in the course of the previous years, an attempt was made to determine still further the significance of the Nicene formularies. The most important of these is his Epistle to Marcellinus PG For more free audio books or to become a volunteer reader, visit LibriVox.

We have seen that when Arius was allowed to return from exile inAthanasius refused to remove the sentence of excommunication. But others, when they are returned victorious from warthereupon dividing their prisoners athanaaius hundreds, and taking a man from each, sacrifice to Ares the man they have picked out from each hundred.

Athanasius was born to a Christian family in the city of Alexandria [6] or possibly the nearby Nile Delta town of Damanhur sometime between the years and And let not the Greeks, who worship idolsmake excuses, nor let any one else simply deceive himself, professing to have no such road and therefore finding a pretext for his godlessness.

And athwnasius yet another way one may refute their godlessness by the light of truth. For heat is destroyed by cold if it be present in greater quantityand cold again is put away by the power of heat, and what is dry, again, is moistened by wet, and the latter dried by the former. For, hating the adulterer who tampers with a wife of their own, they are not ashamed to deify the teachers of adultery ; and refraining from incest themselves they worship those who practise it; and admitting that the corrupting of children is an evilthey serve those who stand accused of it and do not blush to ascribe to those they call gods things which the laws forbid to exist even among men.

For the fact that there is one Universe only and not more is a conclusive proof that its Maker is one. Theology and Politics in the Constantinian Empire.

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The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. On 2 Mayhaving consecrated Peter IIone of his presbyters as his successor, Athanasius died peacefully in his own bed, surrounded by his clergy and faithful supporters. And yet He left not Himself without witnessin that He did good, and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, filling your hearts with food and gladness.

Email alerts New issue alert. Or how can they be anything but miserable, who are thus openly convicted of worshipping dead things instead of the truth? For even womenwhom it is not safe to admit to deliberation about public affairs, they worship and serve with the honour due to Godsuch as those enjoined by Theseus as above stated, and among the Egyptians Isis and the Maid and the Younger oneand among others Aphrodite.


While those who profess to give still deeper and more philosophical reasons than these say, that the reason of idols being prepared and fashioned is for the invocation and manifestation of divine angels and powers, that appearing by these means they may teach men concerning the knowledge of God ; and that they serve as letters for men, by referring to which they may learn to apprehend Godfrom the manifestation of the divine angels effected by their means.

And wells, again, and rivers will never exist without the earth; but the earth is not supported upon itself, but is set upon the realm of the waters, while this again is kept in its place, being bound fast at the centre of the universe.

Against the Heathen

For by it alone can God be contemplated and perceived. For if God manifests Himself solely because of the art, and if for this reason the images are worshipped as gods, it would be right to worship and serve the men who are masters of the art, inasmuch as they are rational also, and have the skill in themselves. For it follows that it must be capable of all other bodily casualties as well, of being cut and divided, and even of perishing altogether.

Throughout most of his career, Athanasius had many detractors. People by era or century.

Pearson and James E. Behold and will you not say, ‘There is a lie in my right hand? Retrieved 9 May But before we look, or begin our demonstration, it suffices that Creation almost raises its voice against them, and points to God as its Maker and Artificer, Who reigns over Creation and over all things, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ ; Whom the would-be philosophers turn from to worship and deify the Creation which proceeded from Him, which yet itself worships and confesses the Lord Whom they deny on its account.

For God did not take His stand upon His invisible nature let none plead that as an excuse and leave Himself utterly unknown to men; but as I said above, He so ordered Creation that although He is by nature invisible He may yet be known by His works.

CHURCH FATHERS: Against the Heathen (Athanasius)

If then it be not fitting to think that they are gods for this reason, one must again interrogate them about the madness concerning the idolsdemanding from them the justification for their being in such a form. But in fact, they kept the truth for their men, while not ashamed to tell falsehoods about their so-called gods. But if it subsist in reason and wisdom and skill, and is perfectly ordered throughout, it follows that He that is over it and has ordered it is none other than the [reason or] Word of God.

He assented, upon condition that he should comply with the bishops, then, at court.