podcast 170 – Athanasius’s On the Nicene Council – Part 2
He argues that Christ being called “Word,” “Wisdom,” “Power,” “Hand,” and “Image” of God implies that he is indeed “from the essence” on “one in essence” with God. He attacks his opponents’ older two-stage logos theory, on which the Son did not exist before his “generation” from God, and defends the Origenist teaching of eternal generation. The Son, he argues, must be “proper Offspring” from the essence of God, and so also be unchangeable, immutable, and eternal.
He gives his own account of the motivations of that 325 council, which he attended with his then bishop, and then he urges that earlier catholic teachers – Theognostus, Dionysius of Alexandria, Dionysius of Rome, and Origen – had taught substantially the same christology as the 325 council. And he attacks his opponents’ term “unoriginate” as unscriptural, equivocal, and even blasphemous!
What’s your take? Does the Saint make his case here that all Christians should unite behind the original Nicene creed?
Links for this episode:
- podcast 169 – Athanasius’s On the Nicene Council – Part 1
- Defence of the Nicene Definition
- podcast 115 – the aborted council at Serdica in 343
- podcast 114 – the recycled creed (342-359)
- podcast 113 – the council at Antioch in 341
- podcast 31 – Dr. William Hasker on the “Arian” Controversy
- podcast 30 – The Council of Nicea
- podcast 29 – Arius
- This week’s thinking music is “We Silently Surf the Gentle Sun (ft. Blue Wave Theory)” by Ivan Chew.