By Rowan Williams
Arius is broadly thought of to be Rowan Williams's magnum opus. lengthy out of print and not earlier than to be had in paperback, it's been newly revised. This accelerated and up-to-date version marks a massive publishing occasion. Arianism has been referred to as the "archetypal Christian heresy" since it denies the divinity of Christ. In his masterly exam of Arianism, Rowan Williams argues that Arius himself used to be truly a devoted theological conservative whose hindrance was once to guard the unfastened and private personality of the Christian God. His "heresy" grew out of an try to unite conventional biblical language with radical philosophical principles and strategies and used to be, from the beginning, concerned with problems with authority within the church. therefore, the main issue of the early fourth century was once not just in regards to the doctrine of God but additionally in regards to the kin among emperors, bishops, and "charismatic" lecturers within the church's decision-making. during his dialogue, Williams increases the very important wider questions of ways heresy is outlined and the way convinced different types of traditionalism rework themselves into heresy. Augmented with a brand new appendix during which Williams interacts with major scholarship because 1987, this booklet offers attention-grabbing analyzing for an individual drawn to church heritage and the advance of Christian doctrine.
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Arius: Heresy and Tradition by Rowan Williams