Athanasius, Marcellus, and the Gathering Storm

Henry Chadwick

in The Church in Ancient Society

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780199246953
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600463 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 Athanasius, Marcellus, and the Gathering Storm

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Church history in the fourth century was the history of the emperors of the Constantinian dynasty and also of dissensions over theology, which were not merely struggles for power but also about the authentic form of divine truth. Athanasius, exiled from his see of Alexandria, was in the forefront of the struggle against both paganism and Arianism. The fates of Athanasius and his fellow exile, Marcellus of Ankyra, were intimately bound up with the political power struggles following the division of the Empire. Debates continued at the Dedication Council of Antioch in 341, and when appeal was made to Rome, Pope Julius replied by proclaiming the leading role of Rome in the safeguarding of tradition.

Keywords: Alexandria; Antioch; Athanasius; Christological debate; Marcellus; Rome

Chapter.  6235 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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