podcast 171 – Assessing Athanasius and his Arguments
What should we think of Athanasius’s ferocious condemnations of those he termed “Arians”?
And what should we think of his theological claims and arguments in his On the Nicene Council? Does he show that the creed of 325 simply defended and rephrased what Christians had always believed about God and Jesus, which moreover is plainly taught in the Bible? And what about his speculations about salvation, atonement, and deification?
In this episode, I assess both the man and his arguments, using scripture and reason.
Links for this episode:
- podcast 170 – Athanasius’s On the Nicene Council – Part 2
- podcast 169 – Athanasius’s On the Nicene Council – Part 1
- Athanasius, On the Nicene Council aka Defence of the Nicene Definition
- Discourses Against the Arians
- Titus 3:1-11; 2 Timothy 2:22-26; Galatians 5:19-22; 1 John 2:3-11; Matthew 5:21-22; Acts 2:22-36; John 1:1; Luke 1:35; 2 Peter 1:4.
- podcast 22 – a cure for odium theologicum
- podcast 12 – the Apostles’ Creed
- podcast 11 – Tertullian the unitarian
- The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature
- Eusebius’s letter describing the Council at Nicea in 325
- “Only God can forgive sins.” False.
- Frances Young, From Nicea to Chalcedon, 2nd ed.
- podcast 60 – Dr. Carl Mosser on deification in the Bible
- podcast 59 – Dr. Carl Mosser on salvation as deification
- This week’s thinking music is “Zest” by basematic.