Faith and Historical Judgement in British Arian Scholarship

Maurice Wiles

in Archetypal Heresy

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780199245918
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600814 | DOI:
 Faith and Historical Judgement in British Arian Scholarship

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Looks at British Arian scholarship in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when Arianism was no longer a live option for faith, with a special concern for the relation between the scholars’ faith and scholarly judgement. In the nineteenth century, it looks at how Newman's historical approach is affected by the close links he saw between the early Arians and the liberal churchmen of his own day, and also considers how Gwatkin, with his more self‐consciously modern historical approach, is still led to an equally strong condemnation of Arianism. In the twentieth century, it looks at the two leading Britsh writers on Arianism, Richard Hanson and Rowan Williams (both Anglican bishops), and seeks to understand how their far more critical attitude to Athanasius and their far more sympathetic appreciation of Arian motives are nonetheless combined in each case with strong support for the orthodox Trinitarian beliefs that emerged from the Arian conflict.

Keywords: Arian scholarship; Gwatkin; Hanson; Newman; Williams

Chapter.  7208 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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