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What Is Arianism?

Maurice Wiles

in Archetypal Heresy

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245918
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600814 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245916.003.0001
 What Is Arianism?

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Outlines the attitude of modern scholarship to heresy in general, and to Arianism in particular. Argues that Arianism as traditionally understood is largely a polemical construction created by Athanasius, and is an unsatisfactory concept for historical research. Finally offers its own sympathetic reconstruction of Arianism with a more positive evaluation of the Arian appeal to scripture, tradition, and research.

Keywords: Arianism; Athanasius; heresy; reason; scripture; tradition

Chapter.  11349 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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