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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Many modern historians point out that such a hostile attitude towards Athanasius is based on an unfair judgment of historical sources.
Retrieved 2 May For Godbeing good and loving to mankindand caring for the souls made by Him — since He is by nature invisible ahtanasius incomprehensible, having His being beyond all created existence contrx, for which reason the race of mankind was likely to miss the way to the knowledge of Him, since they are made out of nothing while He is unmade — for this atbanasius God by His own Word gave the Universe the Order it has, in order that since He is by nature invisible, men might be enabled to know Him at any rate by His works.
Both by night and by day the sun and the ckntra and the rest of the band of stars ought to shine equally together, and give their light to all, so that all things might be illumined by them. Or how could one fail to pity them in this also, in that seeing, they worship them that cannot see, and hearing, pray to them that cannot hear, and born with life and reason, men as they are, call gods things which do not move at all, but have not even life, and, strangest of all, in that they serve as their masters beings whom they themselves keep under their own power?
Whereas if they are to make gods, they ought to be themselves gods; for that which makes must needs be better than that which it makes, and he that judges is of necessity in authority over him that is judged, while he that gives, at any rate that which he has, confers a layout, just as, of course, every king, in giving as a favour what he has to give, is greater and in a higher position than those who receive. What a thing to hear of him, on the one hand carrying off Ganymede and committing stealthy adulteries, on the other in panic and alarm lest the walls of the Trojans should be destroyed against his intentions!
Retrieved 25 September He presented an Arian formula of faith for their acceptance. And the Syrians worship not the idols of the Cilicians, while the Cappadocian nation call gods beings different from these. Early in September he set out for Antioch on the Orontesbearing a synodal letter, in which the pronouncements of this council had been embodied.
The formulary of faith drawn up by Hosius is known as the Nicene Creed. He subscribed the condemnation of Athanasius, and a confession or creed which had been framed by the Arians at Sirmium. For they did not keep to idolatry in a simple form, nor did they abide in that with which they began; but the longer they went on in their first condition, the more new superstitions they invented: Or what sort of harmony would it be, again, if the heaven existed alone without the stars, or the stars without the heaven?
But nearer to themselves were the body and its senses; so that while removing their mind from the things perceived by thought, they began to regard themselves; and so doing, and holding to the body and the other things of sense, and deceived as it were in their own surroundings, they fell into lust of themselves, preferring what was their own to the contemplation of what belonged to God.
Against the Heathen
For this is athnasius the Gentiles traduce and scoff at, and laugh loudly at us, insisting on the one fact of the Cross of Christ; and it is just here that one must pity their want of sense, because when they traduce the Athansius of Christ they do not see that its power has filled all the world, and that by it the effects of the knowledge of God are made manifest to all.
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For their deeds must correspond to their natures, so that at once the actor may be made known by his act, and the action may be ascertainable from his nature. For those to whom they are hostile, they treat as enemies and call men, admitting their real nature, while those who are popular with them they order to be worshipped on account of their virtueas though they had it in their own power to make gods, though they are themselves men, and do not profess to be other than mortal.
All prove that they are but men of former times, and not even good men.
For often we see images which have grown old renewed, and those which time, or rain, or some or other of the animals of the earth have athanasuis, restored.
Constantius ordered Liberius into exile in giving him three days to comply. Sign genyes via your Institution Sign in. Through the influence of the Eusebian faction at Constantinople, an Arian bishop, George of Cappadociawas now appointed to rule the see of Alexandria.
Athanasius of Alexandria
Athanasius’ first problem lay with Meletius of Lycopolis and genttes followers, who had failed to abide by the First Council of Nicaea. Accused of mistreating Arians and Meletians, Athanasius answered those charges at a gathering of bishops in Tyrethe First Synod of Tyrein Scholars debate whether Athanasius’ list in formed the basis for later lists.
Feast of Orthodoxy Intercession of the Theotokos. The following February Jovian died; and in October,Athanasius was once more an exile.
Introduction to Contra Gentes (Against the Heathen) of St Athanasius the Great – 1
The persecution against the orthodox party broke out with renewed vigour, and Constantius was induced to prepare drastic measures against Athanasius and the priests who athanasiuw devoted to him. For it is not the material that has adorned the art, but the art that has adorned and deified the material. Or who withholds the hand from its natural activity of touching something, or turns aside the sense of smell from its normal exercise? This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat But the God of all is good and exceeding noble by nature, — and therefore is kind.